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Kendall Marshall to return to Suns after D-League stint

After a nine-game stint with the Bakersfield Jam, Marshall will suit up for Phoenix on Saturday against Portland.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Former North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall, who was drafted by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is set to return to Phoenix after an extended stint with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League, according to a report on AZCentral.com.

Marshall, who played nine games in the D-League, is poised to return for the Suns on Saturday in a game against the Portland Trailblazers. With the Jam, the 21-year-old point guard averaged 31 minutes, 9.6 points, 7.6 assists and 3.3 turnovers per game. Prior to his stint in the D-League, Marshall played in only six games for the Suns, averaging 5.7 minutes, 1.2 points and 0.8 assists per game.

A true point guard in college who earned third team All-American honors from the Associated Press and won the Bob Cousy Award, Marshall entered the NBA with much promise. As a sophomore in Chapel Hill, N.C., Marshall set North Carolina and ACC single season assist records, but he fractured his wrist against Creighton in the NCAA Tournament and did not return to the team.

On March 29, along with his teammates Tyler Zeller and John Henson, Marshall declared for the NBA Draft. Despite all the promise, though, Marshall has struggled with the transition to the professional ranks.