Former UConn basketball star and NBA player Donny Marshall has joined the YES Network as a Brooklyn Nets analyst.
Marshall played for the Huskies from 1991 to 1995, and was later named to the school’s Men’s Basketball All-Century Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at UConn, and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees as an alumni trustee.
A 6’7” forward, Marshall was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft out of UConn. 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.”
YES will televise 76 regular season Nets games this season, the first being Brooklyn’s season opener on Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., against Cleveland. YES also has four remaining Nets pre-season telecasts remaining, the next being on Oct. 15 against Boston (7:30 p.m.).
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 had co-hosted WFSB-TV’s (Hartford, Conn.) NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament studio shows.
As well as serving on the University's Board of Trustees, Marshall is a board member of First Tee of Connecticut, Windham Hospital, and the Nutmeg State Games.