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Marshall matters

Castec Rural Pioneers young gun Nick Marshall has signed a three-year deal to stay at the Adelaide 36ers, saying it was a “dream come true”.

Marshall, 23, inked the three-year extension last week, the final year a club option, to remain a 36er until NBL26.

“It’s a dream come true to be here in Adelaide, my hometown,” Marshall said.

“It’s amazing to be on the roster, be with the guys all the time, I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to playing.”

The 198cm swingman has been a development player for the past two seasons and was upgraded to the main roster at times during NBL23, but will now be part of the 11-man squad for the next three campaigns.

“I have been working on all areas of my game, my favourite player is Devin Booker, so it was awesome to play against him last year,” Marshall said.

“I have been working hard on my game, it’s got to be where I am today.

“The dream for me is to make the NBA.”

Marshall had thoughts a deal was imminent by talking to his agent late last month.

“Last week when I was away (with the Boomers) I got a message from my agent, I knew something was going on,” he said.

“But I did not know it was going to be that good.”

After he knew of the three-year extension, Marshall was keen to let everyone know the good news.

“I told my girlfriend first, then my family, but there were no tears,” Marshall said.

“It was special to know what I’m doing for the next three years.

“It’s special to have my family here, my friends from high school, everyone can come watch and I’ll always be around.”

“It’s pretty cool to be able to play in the NBL at home with the team I grew up supporting,” Marshall said.

The South Australian has made giant strides since joining the 36ers in NBL22, growing his game on both ends of the court.

Adelaide 36ers head coach CJ Bruton said Marshall would be a key piece to the roster moving forward.

“What we have seen with Nick, he is only going to get better,” Bruton said.

“From what I have seen since I have been at the club, Nick works on his game a lot and that work ethic has seen these results.

“He has gone from a DP, to starting in the NBL and was also on the main roster for times throughout last season.

“I see Nick Marshall as a big piece to the future of the Adelaide 36ers.”

Marshall, who made his Australian Boomers debut last weekend during the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Window 6, said he cannot wait to continue his journey in Adelaide.

“I want to improve everyday and the process I have been doing will continue, just keep what I have been doing,” Marshall said.

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