Suns sign first-round pick Marshall

BY foxsports • July 16, 2012

The Suns announced Monday that first-round pick Kendall Marshall has signed his rookie contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marshall, the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft last month, had been awaiting the finalizing of his contract to take part in the Suns' summer league activities in Las Vegas. The former North Carolina star is expected to participate in the squad's final four summer games.

A 6-foot-4, 195-pound pure point guard, Marshall earned the Bob Cousy Award in 2012 as the nation’s top point guard after setting an ACC single-season record with 9.8 assists per game, the second-highest average in the nation and the eighth-highest average in NCAA history. The sophomore was an Associated Press third-team All-American and CBS first-team All-American as well as a second-team All-ACC selection.

Marshall had career averages of 7.2 points, 8.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 73 games over two seasons at North Carolina. He was a career 44.5 percent shooter, including 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

The 20-year-old will be expected to compete for playing time at point guard with Goran Dragic, whom the Suns signed as an unrestricted free agent to a four-year, $40 million deal following the departure of Steve Nash to the Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal.

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