Marble: Iowa career 'some of the best times of my life'

Rick Brown

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Roy Marble, recognized at halftime of Iowa's final regular-season game with Northwestern on Saturday, said he'll leave the debate over whether or not his number should be retired to someone else.

"I'll stick with 'Thanks,' " said Marble, Iowa's career scoring leader with 2,116 points (1986-89). "I got everything I needed."

Marble, who is fighting cancer, walked onto the court where he became an Iowa star and was greeted with a standing ovation. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta also presented Marble with his framed No. 23 jersey.

"I remember those crowds and everything," Marble said. "Those were some of the best times of my life."

Marble played for some outstanding teams, first for George Raveling and then Tom Davis for his last three seasons. He averaged 15.8 points and 4.9 rebounds during his 134-game career.

How does Marble want to be remembered?

"I want them to think of a guy who brought it night in and night out," Marble said.