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Donny Marshall joins YES Network as Brooklyn Nets analyst

10/09/2013 9:50 AM ET
By YES Network
NEW YORK, October 9, 2013 – Former NBA player and University of Connecticut basketball star Donny Marshall has joined the YES Network as a Brooklyn Nets analyst. He joins Mike Fratello and Jim Spanarkel as YES’ Nets analysts. Ian Eagle returns this season as YES’ lead Nets play-by-play man – his 20th year covering the Nets, with Ryan Ruocco also handling play-by-play.

YES will televise 76 regular season Nets games this season, the first being Brooklyn’s season opener on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 pm ET, against Cleveland. YES also has four remaining Nets pre-season telecasts remaining, the next being Tuesday, October 15 against Boston (7:30 pm ET).

A 6’7” forward, Marshall was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft out of Connecticut. He played five seasons in the NBA, the final two with the New Jersey Nets when they reached the NBA Finals.

“Donny possesses an astute insider’s knowledge of the game,” said John Filippelli, President of Production and Programming at the YES Network. “He knows the league and the players from his days in the NBA, and his various broadcasting roles have allowed him to develop a keen eye for the analytics of broadcasting. We expect him to make an immediate impact, strengthening our Nets broadcast team which is already the best in the league.”

Marshall played his high school basketball at Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Wash. He played for Connecticut from 1991-95 and was later named to the school’s Men’s Basketball All-Century Team.

Marshall also provides color commentary on NBC Sports Network’s college basketball telecasts; he was an analyst on NBC’s 2012 London Olympics men’s basketball coverage. From 2005 to 2013, Marshall was a Boston Celtics analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England. Marshall had also previously done color commentary on NBA TV and on ESPN and ESPN2’s college basketball telecasts, and he also had co-hosted WFSB-TV’s (Hartford, Conn.) NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament studio shows.

Marshall received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Connecticut. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the University, as well as being a board member of First Tee of Connecticut, Windham Hospital and Nutmeg State Games.

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