Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ex-Clemson Guard Still Dishes Assists

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ex-Clemson Guard Still Dishes Assists

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

Chris Corchiani couldn't resist the lure of playing basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A star point guard at powerhouse Hialeah Miami Lakes, Corchiani was a wide-eyed freshman playing his first league game for North Carolina State when he crossed paths with Clemson point guard Grayson Marshall.

"The first time down the court, [Marshall] elbowed me in the chest and said, 'Welcome to the ACC,' " Corchiani said.

It was a simple message from a seasoned veteran whom Corchiani described with words like tough, nasty and mean, but left a lasting impression.

Marshall dished out a lot of messages while playing four seasons with the Tigers beginning in 1984-85. A relentless competitor with an insatiable appetite for victory, he was the ACC's all-time assist leader with 857 when he graduated in 1988.

Today, Marshall is still in the distribution business. Basketball remains the conduit, though you won't find his all-NBA frontcourt of former teammates Horace Grant, Elden Campbell and Dale Davis on the receiving end.

He's chosen a higher calling as a full-time member of The Potter's House ministry on Jacksonville's Westside, where he coaches the small school's state-ranked basketball team. Racking up victories, however, is just a small part of Marshall's work. His current audience is more easily influenced than the one who used to listen to his analysis alongside Jacksonville radio personality Frank Frangie.

In addition to coaching, the suburban Washington, D.C., native reaches out to youngsters through his ministry called "The Blacktop." It's here that he hopes to dispense the most important assists of his career, providing youngsters with lessons for life.

In this age where teens are too often caught up in the importance of having "street cred," Marshall is reaching out to an audience that never saw him break down a defender and drop a pass off for an uncontested dunk. …

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