College Basketball

The NCAA College Basketball Season has commenced and Marshall LLC would like to take the time to recognize some of the schools that we keep on our watch list. Those schools are Rutgers University, Marshall University, University of Tennessee, Providence College, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Florida State, and Ohio University.

Marshall LLC stays in touch with our recruits by visiting their school to watch their games. In addition, when the recruits are available, we will train them at their schools and evaluate where they are with their performance and skill sets. Doing this helps us to determine who may be ready to go into the 2013 NBA Draft. Although the NBA Draft is over 200 days away, preparation is the key for a successful recruit to pass the test and crossover to becoming a professional athlete.

Godspeed and good luck to our recruits for a successful season.

Recruits are Ink’n Deals Overseas…..


Former Tennessee Volunteer shooting guard Scotty Hopson is set to play Israeli Basketball for the 2012-13 season.  Scotty is heading there after a year of playing Greece Basketball for Kolossos Rhodes during the 2011-2012 season.


Our own Ricardo Ratliffe also was in the news with a deal for South Korea as you can see below:

By Chris Vannini – Newsdesk contributor

Former Mizzou standout Ricardo Ratliffe was drafted by the Korean Basketball League.
Aug 1, 2012 – Former Mizzou basketball star Ricardo Ratliffe will be playing in South Korea this upcoming season. Ratliffe was drafted with the sixth pick by Ulsan Mobis Phoebus last week.


Not to forget Jordan Theodore.  He is Turkey bound to play with a team there and was featured recently in this article:

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Former Seton Hall men’s basketball star Jordan Theodore (Englewood, N.J.) signed a contract to play professionally with Antalya BSB of Turkey. The team plays in the Beko Turkish Basketball League, a league that garners some of the top talent in Europe.

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets played in the Beko Turkish League during the NBA lockout, as did former NBA all-star Allen Iverson in 2010-11. Last year, former Villanova standouts Corey Fisher and Scottie Reynolds were teammates for Antalya BSB.

“I’m incredibly proud of Jordan in realizing his dream of becoming a professional basketball player,” said Seton Hall Head Coach Kevin Willard. “Antalya is getting an unquestioned leader and an excellent young point guard with a strong work ethic. We look forward to watching Jordan as his pro career matures.”

An All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-Met First Team selection, Theodore was one of the most improved players in the BIG EAST Conference last season. A starter in all 34 games for the Pirates, he ranked ninth in the conference with 16.1 points per game, second with 6.6 assists per game and fifth with an 82.4% free-throw shooting percentage. An All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, Theodore was named to the BIG EAST’s Weekly Honor Roll five times and broke Seton Hall’s 49-year old, single-season record for assists. On Feb. 21, he scored a career-high 29 points in Seton Hall’s thrilling upset of ninth-ranked Georgetown. Theodore recorded five double-doubles last season and completes his collegiate career as one of just four Pirates all-time with over 1,300 career points and 500 career assists.

Theodore joins 14 other former Pirates who played last season or are currently playing professionally overseas: John Allen (Poland), Andre Barrett (France), Donald Copeland (Puerto Rico), Marcus Cousin (Venezuela), John Garcia (Dominican Republic), Paul Gause (England), Jeremy Hazell (Venezuela), Duane Jordan (Australia), Rimas Kaukenas (Italy), Brian Laing (Israel), Jamar Nutter (Chile), Augustine Okosun (Qatar), Eniel Polynice(Mexico) and Jeff Robinson (Austria).

Last but not least Paul Crosby:


September 18, 2012 by Samuel Smith | Category: Blog,News

Former Mississippi Valley State University Star Paul Crosby will be headed to Montevideo, Uruguay.  Crosby offers the team an inside presence with the ability to step out and hit the mid-range jumper.  Crosby’s defense is exceptional as he held his own against Tar Heel Star Tyler Zeller during his last season at MVSU.  He averaged 13 points per game and 7 rebounds for Mississippi Valley State.  Montevideo will look to make a run for the championship this season, and team is very excited to bring in Paul.  They might have landed themselves a hidden gem as Crosby was Ranked as the #1 Power Forward coming out of High School in Michigan, averaging over 19 points per game 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.

We are all proud of our recruits and can’t wait to see what they do in the up coming year.  We send them forward with Godspeed to make us and themselves proud of the talent they are displaying.


2012 NBA Draft Recap

We here at Marshall LLC would like to offer our congratulations to Dion Waiters 1st Round, 4th pick.

It was great to see a Marshall LLC recruit get drafted, especially so early in the evening.   Attending the event was thrilling as well, the atmosphere was like an all out Block Party. Fans yelling and cheering for their favorite teams to make a good selection, then spitting out obscenities when they were not happy with the selection. It was unbelievable. I took my son to the draft and I must say that we enjoyed it immensely. My son likes to stay until the last person is drafted and the program given out at the draft allows you the convenience of writing the pick down.  My son with pen in hand wrote each pick down each player that was selected.  This year he brought a friend and the camaraderie was nice.  His friend said, “When you get drafted, I am going to be sitting with you in the lottery pick tables as a member of your family”.  As my son dreams of that being drafted into the NBA, his friends share his dreams.

Our work continues here at Marshall LLC to get our recruits to the next level.  Godspeed to all of the recruits and all of the families who watched them make their dreams reality.

NBA Draft Update: Recruits

The 2012 NBA Draft Combine is approaching and Marshall LLC is pleased to provide you with an update on our recruits. First let’s talk about the Combine itself. When you pronounce it the first syllable is accentuated as such: COMbine. This is a televised event that players come to by invitation only. The Combine consists of two to three days of the following: basketball drills and athletic and physical testing (like jumping tests, height and weight measurements, quickness and speed drills, shooting drills) and of course interviews with the media. Usually held in the Windy City, Chicago, IL, you can also usually find clips of each days events at the Combine on You tube. Considered the only real major gathering of NBA draft prospects with team and league executives, nearly every player who hopes to be selected in the NBA Draft is expected to be there. The tentative dates for this year’s Combine are June 6th, 7th and 8th.

Our hope and prayers are that all of our recruits will be invited to the event. Godspeed.

Introducing Recruit Paul Crosby:



Date Of Birth: N/A
Birthplace:Lansing, Michigan(United States)
Nationality:United States
Height: 6-8 (203cm) Weight:245 (111kg)
Current NBA Status:Draft Eligible in 2012
College: Mississippi Valley State (2012)

AA Regular Season Stats (Click here for detailed NCAA stats.)
2008-2009 Fr Navarro No Stats Available
2009-2010 So Navarro No Stats Available
2010-2011 Jr Mississippi Valley State 22 29.8 .427 .368 .649 7.05 1.86 1.55 0.86 3.14 12.09
2011-2012 Sr Mississippi Valley State 34 32.8 .393 .293 .722 7.35 1.65 1.56 0.82 2.50 13.12
CAREER 56 31.6 .405 .311 .690 7.23 1.73 1.55 0.84 2.75 12.71

Awards & Honors:
SWAC Player of the Year(2012)
SWAC First Team All-Conference(2011, 2012)
SWAC All-Tournament Team(2012)

Crosby was ranked in the top 10 in three different categories this season. He was fifth in scoring with an average of 13.3 points per game, third in rebounding with 7.4 per contest and fourth in steals with 1.5 per game.

Here are links to articles on recruits: Ricardo Ratilffe, Jordan Theodore, Ronnie Moss, and Paul Crosby:

Mad for March Madness


by K. Kozla

Dear Loyal Readers,

I fear I must start this article with a bit of a confession.  While you come here looking for sporting information and information on Basketball and Football and what we have going on here at Marshall LLC your devoted author is a bit con.  While I understand some things in regards to sports… I know just the bare minimums of what there is in regards to this.  When I started helping with this project I joined as part of an MBA assignment.  I like words, I enjoy helping people and thus I have stayed on to continue helping, but when I work on this I have to ask questions and/or do research.

I confess to that in order to tell you this.  Recently I was having a work dinner with a friend of mine who knows sports and helps with the articles.  She was talking about upcoming ones for the site and mentioned March Madness.  I nodded and said, “The college basket ball games in March” she was pleased because I was showing promise.  She asked me to expand on what I know about it and… well sadly that was all I really knew.  I knew there were brackets and it was two sides trying to get down to the 1 game for the over all big winner, but that was it.

Now, with that off of my chest, let’s go onto March Madness.  Basically what it turns out to be is the playoffs to see who will be the NCAA Men’s Division 1 basketball champions. They are played in ‘brackets’ bringing them to the final two teams.  It just takes one loss to be out of contention.   Now, for those of you who may not know, the NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association that covers various sporting events, Basketball being one of them.  It turns out that March Madness is just a lot of games in a short period of time to come up.  It will be exciting this year to see who will come up on top.

We here at Marshall LLC will be keeping our eyes on: Syracuse, Norfolk State University, Austin Peay, Marshall University, Rutgers, and Providence.

Godspeed to the players and officials!

Basketball is coming back… to college at least

by K. Kozla

While football has been going strong (both in High School and College level as well as the NFL) basketball has been sitting on the sideline.  The NBA is still in a lock out that is keeping the stadiums in the dark at least until the end of November.  Thankfully basketball fans will have a season as College basketball is getting ready to spring forth.  The players are ready to do what they do best and the fans can’t wait to see them.

Marshall LLC is still working with and looking for players in all the field and we have eyes looking out there, but you should always keep looking because no one knows when greatness will first be seen.  No one knows when an amazing presence will first be felt.

Godspeed to the players and all of the presences about to make themselves known!