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University of Akron senior center Zeke Marshall has been named to the 11-man East All-Star Team for the 2013 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game as part of the NCAA's Final Four festivities.

Marshall is the first Zips student-athlete to play in the event, which is set for Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The all-star game is comprised of 22 senior student-athletes from NCAA Division I programs across the nation.

The Reese's All-Star game will feature a pair of outstanding coaches who played in the 1995 All-Star game. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg will coach the West All-Stars and Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin will coach the East All-Stars.

Marshall is one of two Mid-American Conference players on the East roster (D.J. Cooper, Ohio).

Marshall, who was named to the 2012-13 Lou Henson All-America and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District teams last week, finished his Akron career as the school and Mid-American Conference career blocked shots leader with 368 rejections for his career.

During the season, Marshall blocked 122 shots and averaged 3.7 blocked shots per game, which ranks third in the nation. He averaged more blocked shots per game than 212 Division I teams.

Last month, Marshall earned his second-straight MAC Defensive Player of the Year award, just the second student-athlete to do so in league history. He was a First-Team All-MAC selection this season, as well as a MAC All-Tournament team honoree.

Marshall became just the fourth player in the last 30 seasons to average at least 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game while shooting at least 65.0 percent in a season, joining Bo Outlaw (Houston, 1992-93), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown, 1983-84) and Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston, 1983-84). Marshall averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots per game while posting a 65.1 shooting percentage.

In 138 career games, which ranks third all-time at Akron, he ranks 17th in points scored (1,265) and led the Zips to 95 victories, third-most by a senior class in program history (112 seasons). He helped guide the Zips to four MAC Championship games, two MAC tournament titles, two MAC regular season titles, two NCAA Tournaments, one NIT and one CBI appearance.

Marshall is also a finalist for The Lou Henson Award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.

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