#31 Shawn Marion
N. Chicago, Ill.
AT UNLV: Shawn begins his first season with the Runnin' Rebels ... A potential starter at the forward position ... A versatile and talented player that will add depth to UNLV's inside and outside game ... Attended the tryout camp for the United States National Team for the 1998 Goodwill Games ... Enjoyed an outstanding camp and was the last player to be cut.
BAYNO ON MARION: "Shawn is an explosive athlete who I am really looking forward to coaching. He has incredible potential. He can play inside and outside. He needs to work on his perimeter shooting and his play off the dribble. He's a long athletic player that can get out on the wing and run. He finishes in transition and has a nice inside game to compliment the quickness and ball handling ability on the perimeter. Maybe his greatest attribute right now at any level is his ability to rebound. He is a quick jumper that is able to get the basketball on both ends of the court. Shawn has the ability to be an impact player for us immediately. He's a great kid and a solid student who is going to be a tremendous addition to the program."
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Vincennnes (Ind.) University (1996-98) for coach Dan Sparks ... Named the 1998 NJCAA David Rowlands Male Student Athlete of the Year ... The award, named for long-time NJCAA Region 4 Director David Rowlands, is given each year to an outstanding male athlete from one of the approximately 530 colleges within its membership ... Shawn was recognized in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" for his honor ... Last season (1997-98), he appeared in 36 games and averaged 23.5 points (847 total points) and 13.1 rebounds (471 total) ... Shot 60 percent from the field (331-for-549), 38 percent from 3-point range (21-for-56) and 75 percent from the free throw line (122-for-163) ... Had 105 blocked shots (2.9 average), 76 steals (2.0) and 99 assists (2.8) ... His squad compiled an overall record of 31-5 and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament ... Shawn set the tournament record for rebounds with 68 (13.6 average in five games) ... Scored 37 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Vincennes' 103-89 victory over Southern Union (Ala.) in the fifth-place game ... Participated in the National Junior College All-Star Game which was played in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on April 11, 1998 ... He was named the game's MVP with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists ... As a freshman (1996-97), he appeared in 36 games and averaged 23.3 points and 12.8 rebounds (462 total) ... Shot 56 percent from the field (324-for-516) and 69 percent from the free throw line (124-for-178) ... His 838 total points as a freshman established him as the second highest single-season total in school history ... Averaged 23.4 points (1,685 total points) in his career and is Vincennes University's all-time leading scorer ... Marion is a two-time recipient of the Allen L. Bradfield NJCAA Region 12 MVP Award ... He was a first-team All-American selection last season and a second-team All-American selection as a freshman ... A two-time selection to the NJCAA National Tournament Team ... Former Runnin' Rebel Tyrone Nesby also played at Vincennes.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1996 graduate of Clarksville High School in Tenn. ... Earned MVP honors and was selected to the first-team Tennessee All-State Team ... As a senior, averaged 26.4 points and 13.1 rebounds ... Led his team to the Final 8 of the Tennessee Class AAA State Tournament ... Lettered three years in basketball and during his high school career, he earned All-Region and District honors and was nominated as a McDonald's All-American.
PERSONAL: Shawn Dwayne Marion was born May 7, 1978 ... Son of Elaine Marion ... Majoring in communications ... Has three sisters (Traimaine, twin sister Shawnette, Quinnisha) ... Hobbies include listening to music, play station and sports ... Family has been his biggest influence which incudes his mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles.