Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern men's basketball coach Jeff Boschee has announced the addition of Missouri State transfer Bruce Marshall as part of his 2014-15 recruiting class.
Marshall, a 6-10, 236 pound forward comes to Southern after two seasons at Division I Missouri State in Springfield. This past season, Marshall played in 15 games for the Bears. He averaged 1.5 points and 4.2 minutes per game coming off the bench.
In 2012-13 as a freshman, Marshall played in 26 games and had a pair of starts for the Bears. He averaged 1.5 points and 8.6 minutes, while pulling down 1.0 rebounds per game. He went 2-3 against No. 22 Wichita State with a three pointer against the Shockers. He had his best game against Malone with nine points on 4-7 shooting with a three pointer and four rebounds.
Marshall is a native of Fayette, Mo and he prepped at Fayette High School for former MSSU women's assistant coach Chris Kendrick. A consensus Missouri Class 2 All-State selection, Marshall was also a Parade All-American Selection and was named the Mid-Missouri Player of the Year by the Columbia Tribune. He averaged 28.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.8 blocks and hit 58 three-pointers as a senior where he was also named a first-team All-Conference and All-District selection. He had one of his best games in his high school career scoring 45 points against Hallsville in December of 2011, while pulling down a triple-double with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 14 blocks in a win over Stover in January of 2012.
Marshall eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau with a 37-point effort against Slater in January of 2012 and scored 50 points on 21-26 shooting, including seven three pointers and ten blocks over Paris in February of 2012. He was a three-time All-Conference and All-District selection after entering high school as a 6-1 shooting guard and growing nine inches before he graduated.
Marshall was born in Brunswick, Maine and is the son of Kent and Deborah Marshall. He plans to major in health promotion and wellness at Southern.