Penn State Basketball: Colella and Marshall Join Newbill as Captains
Just over 24 hours prior to Penn State's opening game of the Big Ten season, Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers named senior Nick Colella and junior Jermaine Marshall captains alongside current sophomore captain DJ Newbill.
“Naming captains is very important to my program and when Tim (Frazier) went down I felt like D.J. needed some help,” Chambers said. “I didn't want to just jump right in and name them though. I wanted them to earn it and prove worthy of the ‘C’ on their chest. Over the last month Nick and Jermaine have shown great leadership and consistency on and off the floor and earned it.”
For Colella, the honor marks a fitting completion to a journey for the guard who began his basketball career at the Penn State-Behrend campus before walking on and earning a scholarship at University Park. Colella has markedly improved his game, shooting 34 percent from behind the arc and just one 3-pointer shy from tying his season total from last season.
The energy-filled leader has made his mark on Chambers' program outside of the box score, earning his playing time through diving for loose balls and drawing charges, an effort that has not gone unnoticed by his coach.
Marshall enters Big Ten play coming off of possibly the best stretch of his career, averaging 14.6 points per game this season thanks to better shot selection. He's also dishing out 2.3 assists per game and pulling down 4.5 rebounds per game. Marshall entered the season hoping for a leadership role after overcoming obstacles off the court that many around the program say helped grow him as a player as well.