Player Profile: Daymian Marshall

Varsity guard talks about life, God, and basketball

By Logan Siddall

Daymian MarshallDaymian Marshall’s basketball career began at age four when he learned the basics of the game from his dad. He’s been captivated ever since.

Today, Marshall is a guard for York College's varsity basketball team. He notes proudly that he is the first in his family to play college-level sports.

Marshall’s inspiration to play basketball comes from family--his parents and his grandmother; but above all, he says he plays to glorify God.

The 20-year-old sophomore is a sports management major from Roanoke, Texas. He says he wants basketball to always be a part of his life.

After college, he plans to open a recreation center or skills training facility so that he can pass on his love of the game. After that?  His big dream is to own an NBA team. “I don't want to lose my connection with sports ever,” he says.

When he’s not studying, dribbling, passing or shooting, Marshall enjoys video games, hanging out with friends, and playing the piano.

Marshall has also recently been elected vice president of the Sigma Tau social club.

Daymian Marshall with teammates
Daymian Marshall with Panther teammates. (Photo by Bobby DeHart)

“As VP I really just want to make the club fun for those in it….Help us all grow together spiritually,” he says.

Two people are responsible for bringing Marshall to York College: head basketball coach Delton Deal, a longtime friend of Marshall’s basketball-loving father; and former YC student Will Asama, Marshall’s best friend. Deal and Asama joined forces to recruit Marshall.

"Daymian is a great player but an even better person," says Deal. "He is a smart player and someone that you can always count on to do the little things right. He carries himself the same way off the court."

" You always need players you can trust to do the right things. Daymian is a perfect example of that. His best basketball is ahead of him. He is going to be a cornerstone of what we are trying to build here in the future."

Marshall is enjoying his time at YC, on and off the court. He says his best YC experience thus far was the varsity basketball team's camping trip at the beginning of the year. “Our camping trip was one of the greatest events of my life,” says Marshall. “We are so much closer because of it.”

The trip not only brought the individual members together as a team, but also helped to bring each man closer to God, says Marshall.

At the isolated campground, team members could open up and give the Spirit room to work on their hearts. Now the team is a device by which each member can not only play basketball and mount wins, but glorify God as well.

As Marshall's career at York College continues, he hopes to bring a winning record to York each year he plays. He also hopes to increase his presence on campus outside of athletics, beginning with his term as Sigma Tau VP.

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