UNT hosting top transfer target

Former Wisconsin guard George Marshall is visiting North Texas this weekend.

George Marshall, a point guard who spent the last two and a half years at Wisconsin, is on an official visit to UNT.

Marshall was at the Mean Green’s Friday afternoon workout. Wisconsin announced that Marshall would transfer just 12 days ago.

Marshall played in just two games this season for the Badgers.

“I am looking for a fresh start and a place where I can make an impact,” Marshall said. “I have known [UNT head coach Tony] Benford for a while. He recruited me when he was at Marquette. When I decided to transfer, he was one of the first people I talked to.”

Marshall was a highly recruited player out of Brooks College Preparatory in Chicago and committed to Wisconsin over offers from Baylor, DePaul and Xavier.

Marshall’s career at Wisconsin got off to a quick start. He was just the second player in Bo Ryan’s tenure at Wisconsin to start the first game of his freshman season.

Marshall said he wants to enroll at the semester break so that he can resume his career at the same point next season. He would essentially play three semesters over the course of two seasons at that point.

UNT has three senior guards on its roster — Alzee Williams, Brandan Walton and Vertrail Vaughns — and has commitments from two junior college guards in Carrington Ward and DeAndre Harris.

Harris will have three years of eligibility remaining at UNT.

Both Ward and Harris play on the wing. Marshall would give UNT another point guard to go along with Chris Jones, who will be a senior next season. Williams and Vaughns have seen time at the point guard spot when Jones has been on the bench or injured.

While Marshall doesn’t have long to decide where his next stop will be, he does plan to see a few more schools.

“It is up in the air where I will go,” Marshall said. “This is my first visit. I am going to visit Illinois-Chicago and South Dakota State. Those are definite. I am talking to a few other schools. In the next week or so I will have a better idea of where I will visit.”