LARAMIE – For Kwane Marble II, his path to signing with the University of Wyoming men’s basketball program was anything but typical.
The 6-foot-6 guard from East High in Denver committed to UW last fall after a visit over Labor Day weekend. However, UW didn’t have a scholarship to give to Marble at the time.
Marble announced on his Twitter account that his recruitment was open, but deep down, he wanted to be at a Cowboy.
“I felt confident about what the coaching staff had planned for me,” Marble said.
Fourth-year UW coach Allen Edwards told Marble and his family that if a scholarship became available, it was Marble’s. Edwards also provided Marble with other scenarios to get to UW if a scholarship didn’t open up.
“I felt Coach Edwards’ loyalty toward me,” Marble said. “He took the time to come to my high school and my house on the same day to talk to me. That meant a lot.”
A scholarship became available early in 2019, and Edwards lived up to his end of the bargain. Marble said Colorado, Utah State and Washington State showed interest, but Marble knew what he wanted.
“I was very excited. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know what to say, but I did tell them right away that I wanted it,” Marble said. “I was at a tournament with my high school team in Utah. I immediately called home with the news and everyone was happy.”
Edwards described Marble as a “multiple position” player who can shoot from the perimeter, handle the ball, post up inside and defend. Marble’s progress this summer has been slowed by a broken left foot, something he has dealt with for the past year. Marble said he hopes to be back to 100 percent later this summer.
Despite the injury, Marble averaged 19 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a senior. He scored more than 1,000 points in his prep career, and was a four-time Denver Public Schools all-conference selection.
“I look at it like I am at a good place and made the right decision,” Marble said.
Marble and UW true freshman guard Kenny Foster from Aurora, Colorado, played on the Colorado Hawks AAU basketball team together. They also made their official visits to Laramie together last fall.
“(Marble) handled it perfectly and better than anybody else that I could imagine,” Foster said. “He kept his cool and his composure.
“I talked through it with him a little bit, and I told him to wait and his time will come. I had a feeling he would end up here with me, and it so cool that he did.”
Edwards said he was at a fundraising event recently with sixth-year UW football coach Craig Bohl, who told him that he feels that he has more players who want to play for UW as opposed to playing at UW.
“My thing is we have to get guys who want to be here, and that’s Kwane and our entire class of newcomers,” Edwards said.