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Notre Dame center Nat Marshall enters NCAA transfer portal

IMG_9992by:Tyler Horka04/10/24


After four injury-riddled seasons at Notre Dame, the most recent of which was her healthiest and most productive, rising graduate senior center Nat Marshall is entering the transfer portal. She announced the news Wednesday night on her Instagram account.

“Attending @notredame has been one of my life’s greatest joys,” Marshall wrote. “Words can’t describe how thankful I am for @ndwbb@irishcoachivey, our support staff, our fans, and everyone who has touched our program over the last four years. The genuine love and support I’ve received during my time as a student-athlete is something I hold so close to my heart.

“My time at ND has been so fulfilling and for that I am forever grateful. As a soon to be graduate, I am so excited to get my degree from the best university in the world. However, it’s time for me to move on from Notre Dame. I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Irish Nation, thank you for everything…love thee☘️”

Marshall has one year of eligibility remaining. She took a medical redshirt season in 2020-21 after arriving in South Bend with an injured knee. As a redshirt freshman in 2021-22, Marshall played in 13 games off the bench before suffering a medial meniscus tear that ended her season.

In the last two seasons, Marshall appeared in 62 of 68 games. She started 4 of 75 career appearances, one in the ACC Tournament title game this year and three in the NCAA Tournament. She got bumped up to starting status after Kylee Watson went down with a season-ending injury of her own.

With five-star center Kate Koval getting to Notre Dame this summer and Watson getting healthy at some point, Marshall was going to be relegated to a reserve role yet again. The 6-5 former five-star recruit can go elsewhere and start for a full campaign, which will be the last one of her college career.

Marshall averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds over the course of her Notre Dame career. She posted career-best 5.0 and 3.7, respectively, in those categories in 20.2 minutes per appearance.

Marshall is the second Notre Dame player to enter the transfer portal this week, joining rising junior guard KK Bransford. As it stands, Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey is only slated to have nine scholarship players in 2024-25 — including Koval, the Irish’s lone signee in the class of 2024.

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