Hawkeye fans flock for autograph session with the Marbles

The all-time leading scorer in University of Iowa men’s basketball history was merely a sideshow on Saturday at the Sports Page Sporting Goods store in the Marshall Town Center – and that was just fine by him.

Roy Marble Sr. doesn’t mind watching his son catch all the attention these days.

Roy Devyn Marble, the fifth-leading scorer in Hawkeye history, and his father took to three Sports Page locations around central Iowa on Saturday, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. It’s one of the many lessons the elder statesman has tried to teach his son as the NBA Draft nears.

“It’s like deja vu, and I get to sit back and watch him, plus I get to see the fans and give back,” Marble Sr. said. “It’s just truly a blessing. And I’m also trying to teach him that this is what it’s all about. You can never say no to a kid for an autograph, you can never be impatient.

“I get to see him lead the way, and it’s like I did someting right as a father.”

Roy Devyn Marble is projected to be drafted in the middle of the second round of the NBA Draft, which is on June 26 in New York City.

His father, who scored 2,116 points at Iowa, was a first-round selection of the Atlanta Hawks in 1989. Roy Devyn Marble wouldn’t mind exceeding his old man.

“But you don’t worry too much about it, you just want to improve, take what people are saying and use that to motivate you or fuel you to get better at different aspects that people think are not your strengths,” he said. “I just want somebody to give me a chance and I want to come into the right situation.”

Roy Devyn Marble scored 1,694 points as a Hawkeye, becoming a part of the first father-son combo in Big Ten Conference history to both score at least 1,000 points.

Marble has signed on with one of his father’s former teammates, B.J. Armstrong, to be his agent.

“They’re on (Devyn’s) butt so tough that I can get sleep at night,” said Roy Sr. “Everything I’ve told him is resonating to him, but it’s better coming from other people now. But everything I told him, he realizes was right, just two or three years ahead of time.”

Roy Devyn Marble said team workouts don’t start until late May, so he doesn’t have a lot of feedback as to what teams might draft him.

“You want to be a first-rounder for sure but at the same time if you’re going to go in the second round, you want to go to the right situation.”