Iowa to recognize Marble on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Rick Brown
Roy Marble, Iowa’s career scoring leader, will be recognized Saturday in Iowa City.

Roy Marble, the greatest scorer in Iowa men's basketball history, will be recognized Saturday during the Hawkeyes' regular-season finale against Northwestern.

Marble, who is fighting cancer, scored 2,116 points for the Hawkeyes from 1986-89. A former prep star in Flint, Mich., Marble is the only player in Iowa history to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

"I am thrilled that they're going to do that," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after his team defeated Indiana 77-63 on Tuesday. "He's been very special to me since I got this job. From the minute I got this job, he's one of the first people I spoke to. And he's been a big supporter to me and our program. His son is like a son to me.

That he is going to be honored in that way is so well-deserved. And it will be emotional for me, I'll tell you that."

Marble's son, Devyn, played for Iowa for four seasons and is now a rookie with the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a release that Marble's jersey and number (23) won't be retired Saturday. Barta said the school wants to "take this opportunity to express our appreciation for Roy's contributions, and his dedication, to the Iowa basketball program."

Barta said that future plans are to include a display area in Carver-Hawkeye Arena similar to the recently established Wall of Honor at Kinnick Stadium.

"Upon its completion, Roy's name and number will be prominently displayed in his deserved spot in Hawkeye history," Barta said.

Marble was one of 20 players named to Iowa's All-Century team in 2002, and he was also a member of the All-1980s team. In addition to being named the Hawkeyes' most valuable player three times, Marble is the school's career leader in field goals (797) and field-goal attempts (1,459), ranks second in free throws (516) and third in free-throw attempts (707). He led the team in scoring in each of his last three seasons and was a first-round NBA Draft pick.

Four Iowa seniors — Aaron White, Gabe Olaseni, Josh Oglesby and Kyle Denning — also will be recognized in pregame ceremonies.