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For Dad: The Shelley Marble Story

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) --  You could say Roichelle Marble was made for a life on the hardwood.

"Honestly I don't remember not having a basketball growing up, " Roichelle, better known as Shelley, said after their Tuesday morning practice, "I think I was just born with a natural love for the game. Of course, from my dad."

The five-foot-seven guard from Des Moines, Iowa, grew up in a basketball family. Shelley was born the second daughter, the second-youngest of five, to Iowa great, Roy Marble, Jr., the Hawkeyes all-time leading scorer and a first-round draft pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. 

Older brother, Devyn, followed in dad's footsteps, playing four years for the Hawkeyes before making his way into the NBA himself. 
But daddy's little girl decided to take her own path choosing to sign instead with Big Ten rival Wisconsin. 

"People always associate you with your dad, and that's great cause he was he was a really great player, "Shelley said when looking back at her fathers career,"And I would love to be as good as he was one day. But for me personally, I want to be my own player."

Her freshman year as a Badger was cut short after tearing her Achilles in summer workouts. Then another hard hit came for the freshman. 
Shortly after redshirting, she got a phone call from her father. He had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. 

"It was a hard year for her so she was kinda like preparing for it," says Cayla McMorris, Shelley's roommate and teammate at Wisconsin, "You don't know how to act when that time happens."

Roy Marble, Jr. passed away after a year-long battle with cancer on September 11th, 2015, the day before Shelley's 19th birthday. 
Her team never let her deal with her tragedy alone, making the trip to Iowa for the funeral. Their support gave her the encouragement to return to UW for the up-coming season.

Although her father never got to see her play in the Badger uniform, she knows she's making him proud. Shelley has played in all 19 games so far, the most out of any freshmen on the team, scoring 65 points. 

"It means a lot that he got to be my dad. I'm just blessed with that opportunity."


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