Iowa’s all-time leading scorer, Roy Marble, lost his battle with cancer Friday. The Michigan native was 48.
Marble’s son, Roy Devyn Marble, played for the Hawkeyes from 2010-14, earning first-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior. He competed last season for the Orlando Magic. He and Roy Sr. became the first father-son duo in Big Ten history to each score more than 1,000 points in their college careers.
Roy Sr. scored 2,116 points as a Hawkeye from 1985-89. The Atlanta Hawks selected the Flint product in the first-round of the NBA Draft, the No. 23 pick overall. He is survived by five children.
Marble was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer in August of 2014.
“We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of Roy Marble,” Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery said in a university release. “Roy has been a part of the Iowa basketball family for a long time, as one of the all-time best to play for the Hawkeyes, and since then as a tremendous supporter of our program. When I was fortunate to become Iowa’s head coach, one of the first people to reach out to me was Roy and we developed a close relationship ever since.
“Roy had a huge impact on Iowa basketball and was one of the elite players to ever wear a Hawkeye uniform. Roy will be missed by all of us in the Iowa basketball family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marble family during this difficult time.”
Said Iowa AD Gary Barta in the release: “This is a very sad day for everyone who is a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and, particularly, a fan of Hawkeye basketball. We will all miss Roy immensely. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Tom Davis coached Marble at Iowa.
"Roy Marble was terrific taking the ball to the basket and then he became a better outside shooter as his college career developed," he said in the release. "He was very athletic and that fit with our pressure defense and fast break. The more you could get him out into the open court going to the basket, the better. He was a great teammate. He was for the team first, it wasn’t about Roy, it was about the team, and what was best for the team. He was unselfish as a player and he was coachable for that reason.
"He could fly in for dunks, but the fact that he developed not only his mid-range jumper, but also the 3-point shooting as he approached his senior year, is a tribute to the player he was.
"His children have the same unselfishness and intelligence as Roy and that’s a great tribute to Roy."
Bruce Pearl assisted Davis during Marble’s years with the Hawkeyes.
"He was great teammate. He knew he couldn’t do it by himself and he learned from BJ Armstrong and he gave more than he took. Coaches can win games, players win championships. When those guys are in a huddle and decided they’re going to get three stops in a row, there’re the ones who can make those plays. Roy had that intangible. He cared as much about the team success as his own, and that’s rare," he said in the release.
"Roy could have gone anywhere in the country and he chose to come to the University of Iowa and help build a legacy. Roy will be one of the all-time greatest to ever play at Iowa."
Former Iowa teammates, Michael Morgan and Brad Lohaus, marveled at Marble’s talent.
"Roy was a special player. He had a knack, love, and pride for the game of basketball. He brought out the best in himself and his teammates. He was a happy-go-lucky guy, full of energy, and was a team player. Roy scored a lot of points, but if you were open, you better have had your hands ready because he was going to find you with one of those flashy passes. He took pride not only scoring the basketball, but enjoyed making that pass ahead for a teammate for a layup. Roy was unselfish with the basketball," Morgan said in the release.
"When you think about Iowa basketball and all the legends who played for the Hawkeyes, for Roy to not only be the all-time leading scorer, but the leading scorer by over two hundred points, that says something about his ability and also the winning pedigree he brought to Iowa."
Said Lohaus in the release: "Roy’s athleticism took him to another level. He would overpower people at times with his size, quickness, and jumping ability. He did a little of everything. I couldn’t believe the stuff he could do. He helped me be a better player because of how good he was. Roy was the face of Iowa basketball back then and it was a special thing."
Lost a great Hawkeye after a tough battle. RIP Roy Marble.
— Kirk Speraw (@KirkSperaw) September 11, 2015
A Tribute Video to Roy Marble http://t.co/EyoS82ilVl
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 11, 2015
Was fortunate to play one year with Roy Marble at Iowa. The toughest, most athletic guy I ever saw and a terrific teammate. #1 all time Hawk
— Wade Lookingbill (@WadeLookingbill) September 11, 2015
We lost a Great One in Roy Marble Sr. !! PRAYERS UP !! Stay strong @DevMarble !!
— K. Martin-Manley (@KMM_11) September 11, 2015
Words can't describe how much Roy Marble meant to so many! Thx for everything Roy! #RIP
— CoachGlenWorley (@CoachGW4) September 11, 2015
Sad to hear fellow Michigander and @IowaHoops great Roy Marble Sr. passed today.
— Duez Henderson (@DuezHenderson) September 11, 2015
Just got hit with some tough news! R.I.P. Roy marble your in a better place and know you will be looking over me! ???????? pic.twitter.com/qRUcsZVvRW
— BigGame (@MonteMorris11) September 11, 2015
Rest in peace Roy Marble. #BigTenLegend
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) September 11, 2015
— ReggieEvans30 (@ReggieEvans30) September 11, 2015
Paying my respect to the families, friends & fans of Tyler Sash & Roy Marble. Rest In Peace to two great Hawkeyes. #PrayersUp
— Nazareth Mitrou-Long (@NazzyJML) September 11, 2015
Deeply saddened by the passing of Roy Marble. Got to know him VERY well while at Iowa. My prayers go the Marble family. #RIP
— LaVall Jordan (@LaVall_Jordan) September 11, 2015
— ??Mm?•©a®Ð??a (@kimcardona) September 11, 2015
RIP to a Hawkeye legend Roy Marble!????????
— Blake Hickman (@BlakeHickman18) September 11, 2015
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) September 11, 2015
— dr. jason bauer (@JasonBauer3) September 11, 2015
R.I.P. Roy Marble, died today at the age of 48 of cancer. One of the toughest competitors I ever played against. You will be missed brotha
— Stephen Bardo (@stephenbardo) September 11, 2015
Just heard news of Roy Marble passing. Will always cherish his advice whenever I saw him. All time great Hawk #23 https://t.co/9ZqoqlZtOq
— Matt Gatens (@mattga7ens) September 11, 2015
Love You Uncle Roy . This was really my man. Treated me like a son. Miss you blood. Spent a lot of… https://t.co/uko011xvCb
— Melsahn Basabe (@certifiedslime) September 11, 2015
Our condolences to the family of Roy Marble and the entire @IowaHoops program.
— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) September 11, 2015