Rivals.com boosted Zeke Marshall's ranking several slots to No. 39 in the nation. He remains the seventh-best center.
Marshall's mother posted an update on the progress of the 6-foot-11 (and growing) future Zips' center over at ZipsNation.org.
From what I hear, it makes no difference that Marshall has committed to Akron. Big-time coaches will still try to sway him away from the Zips. Obviously, they will point to attendance, among other things. Still, it's heart-warming to know that Marshall is not ego-driven and wants comfort over spotlight.
He has the maturity to realize that the NBA will find NBA talent, regardless of the college. Just look at last June's draft. You had four mid-major players go in the first round. A 7-footer has an even better chance to stand out, like Chris Kaman did at Central Michigan earlier this decade.
Zips fans should take additional solace in the fact that Akron's coaches have done everything possible to monitor Marshall. One assistant quipped that the only game that a Zips' assistant missed was a back-yard contest between Zeke and his brother.
Still, signing day in November cannot come soon enough for me.