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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - Roy Devyn Marble has excelled at the college level in part because of his high confidence level. Not earning a spot on the USA Basketball team earlier this week did nothing to shake it.
"They just said that they wanted to go in a different direction," Marble said. "It wasn't that I didn't play well enough to make the team. They're just trying to put the bet team together.
"Just because somebody made the team over me doesn't mean they were more talented than me or better than me. Guys that are considered first-round draft picks next year, like Markel Brown and P.J. (Hairston), got cut."
Marble injured his finger during the first day of tryouts in Colorado Springs. Instead of resting it, he returned for the Hawkeyes Father-Son Camp this weekend and his Prime Time League game here on Sunday.
As he iced his digit, he talked about his USA Basketball experience providing him with more confidence.
"I felt like I was able to compete with the best talent around the country," Marble said. "I had fun. It was a great opportunity."
Watch the entire Marble interview HERE.
Marble showed no signs of USA Basketball disappointment Sunday night. He scored 33 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists. His unit played without Iowa teammate, Josh Oglesby (finger injury), and fell to a squad led by Hawkeyes Jarrod Uthoff (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Anthony Clemmons (17 points).
Iowa's Gabe Olaseni (29 points, 15 boards) and Zach McCabe (19, 10) powered their team to a victory against one led by Mike Gesell (35 points, nine assists, eight rebounds).
incoming freshman Peter Jok connected on 10 of 15 shooting from the floor en route to 32 points. He was joined by Hawkeye teammates Adam Woodbury and Kyle Meyer, who each delivered 20 points and nine rebounds, to the winning effort.
The PTL will take Thursday night off to recognize Independence Day. It returns Sunday, July 7.