Former University of Akron center Zeke Marshall, who didn’t participate in the recent NBA Draft Combine, worked out with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday and has a series of workouts slated in the coming days, according to a source close to Marshall.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because most prospect visits are not publicized in the NBA. He will be in Detroit to work out with the Pistons on Sunday and Monday. Marshall flies to Houston on Wednesday to work out for the Rockets and hits Phoenix to perform for the Suns on Thursday.

He also will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers on June 17, the Chicago Bulls on June 18 and the Indiana Pacers on June 22.

It looks as if Marshall will have to barnstorm to improve his draft chances and seems willing to do so. His agent, Dino Pergola, said that several other teams want to bring his client in but declined to name them.


University of Akron striker Reinaldo Brenes was named one of the 10 best forwards in the country on Friday by Top Drawer Soccer.

Brenes, named team captain for the 2013 season, enjoyed a breakout season last fall when he led the Zips with 11 goals, four of them game-winners. Brenes was named All-Mid-American Conference first team and also was named to the Academic All-American first team.


Kent State director of golf/coach Herb Page was named one of six Division I finalists for the Dave Williams Award, which honors the Division I men’s golf coach of the year.

Page led the Golden Flashes to the NCAA national event for the fourth-consecutive year and helped guide KSU to its fourth-consecutive MAC title.


• Kent State running back Dri Archer, defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix and punter Anthony Melchiori were named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-MAC first team.

• Kent State safety Luke Wollet, recently named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-MAC second team, will be among three Youngstown area athletes honored by the United Way at the eighth annual Champions Among Us Dinner.

• Former KSU cornerback Josh Pleasant has started the last three weekends for the AFL’s Chicago Rush in the Arena Football League.