By Kristan Krogman
Eldon Marshall, White River, was inducted into the South Dakota State Amateur Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame over the weekend during the State tournament in Presho.
Marshall was introduced Saturday during his induction ceremony as one of the greatest competitors in South Dakota amateur basketball over the past twenty years.
Playing on teams from Rapid City, Presho, and this year Pierre, Marshall has five State Amateur titles to his credit. This year’s Pierre All Around Graphix team picked up the A division title Sunday with a 101-98 win over Sioux Falls, giving Marshall his most recent title.
Earlier titles came in 1997 and 2001 with the Rapid City Kelly’s team (division A) and in 2008 and 2009 when he won with the team from Presho. Marshall was named Tournament MVP of the 2001 amateur championships. He is also South Dakota’s state amateur record holder for most three pointers with 117.
Looking back at his amateur career, Marshall’s favorite memories include his first title, won in Mobridge in 1997, and the State title won in 2001 in a game that went to three overtimes. A broken wrist that came at the end of the championship game in 2008 is another memory that stands out.
Marshall is thankful for the opportunities and memories he’s enjoyed through his many years of amateur basketball.
“The tournament wouldn’t be what it is without all the people that make it happen,” he said in a statement during the induction ceremony. “I’m really thankful for all the relationships, all the friendships I’ve been able to gain with all the guys that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with over the years, that’s what make this tournament and being a part of this Hall of Fame so special for me.”
Earlier in his career, Marshall played his high school ball in Todd County, and then played for Black Hills State University through his college years.
He’s gone on to a coaching career that began in St. Francis and continues in White River. The Tigers are two time defending Class B Champions and have been to the State Tournament the past eight years, including six straight championship game appearances. Marshall also serves as the athletic director at White River High School. He and wife Marc live in White River, along with children John, Dylan, Nicolas, and Maddox.
Four others, Scott Morgan (Mitchell), Donny Godell (Aberdeen) and Owen Garnos (Presho), were inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame this year.