Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, September 11, 2015
A Tribute Video to Roy Marble http://t.co/EyoS82ilVl— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 11, 2015
Roy Marble will be remembered as one of the greatest players in Iowa basketball history. The former Hawkeye great died Friday at the age of 48 following a yearlong battle with cancer.
After starring for four years at Iowa, Marble left college as the Hawkeyes' all-time leading scorer. He scored 2,116 points from 1985 through 1989 and the Hawkeyes competed in the NCAA tournament in all four years he was there.
To this day, Marble is the only player in Iowa basketball history to score more than 2,000 career points.
"Roy is a Hawkeye through and through," said former Iowa assistant coach Bruce Pearl, who coached Marble from 1986-1989. "He could have gone anywhere in the country, but instead he came to Iowa and helped build a legacy."
Marble was diagnosed with terminal stage four cancer in 2014. Despite the disease, he continued to attend Iowa sporting events and support the Hawkeyes during that hard time.
His son, Roy "Devyn" Marble played at Iowa from 2010-2014 and is currently a member of the Orlando Magic. He is survived by Devyn and his four other children, Carlo Royshaud Marble, Merrick Mackdanz-Marble and daughters Roichelle Marble and Royonah Marble.
"He has a lot of people around him that, including his family, are very proud of what he's done," said former Iowa teammate Michael Morgan, who is an assistant coach for the Iowa women's basketball team. "I know that they want to honor his legacy by being the best that they can be."
Roy and Devyn became the first father-son tandem in Big Ten history to each score at least 1,000 points.