Butler's Marshall follows in Mack and Hayward's footsteps

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Like many young aspiring basketball players out there, Butler's Khyle Marshall just wants to get noticed.

This summer he'll get that chance.

It was announced at noon on Monday that Marshall is one of five players added to the list of players participating for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp, June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

There will be 21 players competing for only 12 spots on the team, who will represent the United States at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia this summer.

Marshall is the third Butler player in as many years to participate in the USA U19 Trials, joining Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack.

In 2009, the duo was a part of the USA U19 Team that helped the U.S. earn its first gold medal at the World Championships since 1991.

Marshall made it known that he's aware of the accomplishments of the recent players that have left Butler, like Hayward, Mack and-Mr. Clutch himself- Matt Howard.

"Looking up to those guys and seeing how they weren't that highly noticed until coming in as upperclassman," Marshall said. "Just looking at them seeing what they've done throughout their career. It's definitely something to make an inspiration of and what I want to do."

After an impressive freshmen season with the Bulldogs, helping them make it back to 2011 NCAA National Championship game for the second straight year, he's had little time to think about anything other than basketball.

Even when he heads back to his old high school in Davie, Florida just to get away, he's reminded of basketball with every single question and camera flash.

"Non-stop basketball," Marshall said. "I went back to my school and visited a whole bunch of teachers. It was constant pictures and talking about the run and the game. Of course I was hearing peoples' minds about the championship game.

"But I was a real good sport about it. It was a lot of fun for the most part."

Marshall was a key part in last year's team, leading the team in scoring off the bench (5.8) and rebounding (3.8), while finishing second on the team in field goal percentage at 51.1%.

After tryouts on June 17-19, the 12 selected players will train from June 19-23. The FIBA U19 World Championship will be take place in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia, June 30-July 10.

Once Marshall's busy summer wraps up, he'll have only one thing on his mind, if he doesn't already.

"Two years in a row… ya know, they say third time's the charm," said Marshall of his sophomore season-but he's got some business to take care of this summer first.

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