Morris Marshall’s career with the Wyoming men’s basketball team hasn’t been full of a lot of bright spots.
The 6-foot-4 guard came to UW last season from Santa Fe Junior College in Florida, and he averaged three minutes in eight games in 2015-16.
This season, with a new coach and more up-tempo offense Marshall’s role figured to increase. However, he’s dealt with a nagging shin injury since the summer. Although he’s been healthy the last few weeks, Marshall has played in only 13 games and averaged 6.5 minutes per contest.
Marshall’s final home regular-season game for the Cowboys is at 2 p.m. Saturday against San Jose State. Will he play, and how much, remains to be seen. But whether he plays or not, Marshall’s been an important part of this team according to one of its key players.
“Mo has been great with everything he’s had to go through,” UW senior guard Jason McManamen said. “Personally for me, any time I’m not making shot or I get beat on defense, he’s always in my ear ond boosting me up. That really helps me out. He’s like that with a lot of the guys. He’s a team-first guy. We wouldn’t be where we are without him.”
A win Saturday gives UW (17-13 overall, 7-10 Mountain West) the No. 7 seed at next week’s MW Tournament in Las Vegas. A loss drops it to the No 9 seed where it would play Utah State, which is locked into the No. 8 seed. The No. 10 seed could be either Air Force or UNLV, but likely Air Force.
See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also log on to wyosports.net on my story on McManamen, an in-state product from Torrington, where I got some perspective from some other in-state guys who played for the Cowboys.