Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery: Devyn Marble is a starter

Standout play has elevated sophomore to starter status

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IOWA CITY — Devyn Marble's recent prowess on the basketball court has elevated him from super-substitute to full-time starter in Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery's eyes.

Marble, a sophomore point guard, ranks eighth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at nearly 4-to-1. He also averaged 13.3 points in Iowa's last eight games.

"Right now he’s in there," McCaffery said Wednesday. "I don’t think beyond the immediate when it comes to that. He may be out, we may put Bryce (Cartwright) back in. I think it will be a function of how our team does, how Bryce does and how Dev continues to perform.

"What you’re seeing with Devyn in particular, he’s obviously, what you saw last year and what he’s done now, is he’s taken that step. He’s much more consistent, and I think what you’re seeing is much more mature player."

Marble replaced Cartwright, who suffered a hamstring injury against Brown on Dec. 3. Marble has started at point guard for Iowa's last four games, and Cartwright has worked into the lineup off the bench in Iowa's last three games.

"I want everybody to score and I like having a helping hand in it," Marble said. "That's what I come out and try to do every game.

"I've been playing at my own pace, and I make people play at my pace."

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