Kendall Marshall sat in UNC’s locker room at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome with ice on his wrist and bright orange and red shoes.
His smile, for the first time it seemed since injuring his wrist against Creighton, rivaled the shoes.
“I’m kind of a shy person, but I like my shoes to be loud,” Marshall said. “They’re just a little bright. I enjoy them”
Marshall appeared a bit more upbeat Saturday, mostly because he participated in practice for the first time since his injury.
UNC coach Roy Williams said he had Marshall participate in dummy drills Saturday, but no full-contact things.
Marshall thought shooting was the easiest for him to do, but struggled most with catching and passing – skills that require both of his hands more extensively.
“Now we want to see if it bothers him or if it pains him or if it swells up or if his toes curl or whatever happens next,” Williams said. “And then tomorrow at shoot around, we’ll try to probably do the same thing.”
Williams and Marshall will make a decision on the point guard’s status after the team’s shoot around Sunday. Williams said Marshall must be comfortable, and he must have reason to believe Marshall will be effective for him to play the second-team All-ACC point guard.
Marshall might be able to play with less pain if he gets a shot before the game. Williams used a similar approach with Ty Lawson years ago, but he hasn’t been a fan of it since. The option is still there, however.