McKeesport’s Marshall progressing
By Chris Dokish
It’s no secret that in basketball, height is one of the most coveted traits for a player. The fact that extreme height and excellent athleticism often do not go together is the reason why the few that possess both traits become millionaires.
Marshall, who according to his mother, Nicole Bozeman, is now a legit 7’0” tall and possibly still growing, has the height issue covered.
As for the athletic issue, one college assistant was heard to say after watching
“He is really starting to come on offensively,” says
“He is starting to really get better offensively,” agrees Mrs. Bozeman. “He loves to be challenged by other really tall players and playing in these AAU tournaments is starting to bring out the best in him.”
Also bringing out the best in him, according to Mrs. Bozeman, is her son’s newfound love for the game.
“He used to play because he was just tall,” she said. “But now he is really starting to love the game and he realizes that even if he doesn’t make it into the NBA, college can lead him to his other goal.”
According to Mrs. Bozeman, that other goal is to eventually own his own software company.
As far as defense, Klimchock, who is no stranger to talent having coached two-sport phenom Terrelle Pryor in high school, is not shy in his enthusiasm.
“I think if you ask people around the country they will probably tell you that he is the best shot blocker in the class. He is phenomenal at it.”
One thing he must work on, however, is his weight.
“He has such a fast metabolism,” she said. “We just hired a nutritionist to make a game plan with the food. And I keep making him eat and work out, but he can’t get the weight on. We hope he adds 10-15 pounds in the next year.”
“I do want him to stay close to home,” says Mrs. Bozeman. “And Ezekiel wants to stay close, too.”
Close, in this case, means within a four-hour drive or so from
“He would have much more interest,” adds Klimchock,” but the word is out that he is staying close to home.”
The hometown Panthers don’t get a huge number of top prospects locally, let alone a physically talented seven-footer, and therefore have made
That is not lost on
The decision process will begin soon, however; perhaps as early as this weekend according to Mrs. Bozeman.
“Ezekiel has a rare weekend off,” she said, “and we will have a brainstorming session with his AAU coach and his high school coach. The whole situation has been a bit overwhelming at times and we are glad that his hard work and achievements have been recognized, but hopefully by early June we will have a much better idea of where he is going.”