Julius Marble II is looking like a key bench player early on for Tom Izzo’s squad.

The sophomore out of Dallas, Texas averaged just 1.7 points per game in 27 games as a freshman, but he has been a key contributor through four games to start the 2020-21 season. Marble put up a clutch 12 points off the bench, including this emphatic dunk, during the win over Duke.

Coming off of that career-best performance, Marble once again had a solid night off the bench. During Friday’s game against Detroit Mercy, Marble contributed nine points and five rebounds off of 4-for-7 shooting. Three of his rebounds came off the offensive glass and helped provide extra possessions to the Spartans.

Marble was also able to provide another big jam, this time with just over a minute remaining in the game. After running out on the break with Rocket Watts and Gabe Brown, Watts found Marble running with a full head of steam down the lane.

Marble elevated over the helpless defender to throw it down:

Beyond his second strong dunk of the week, Marble finished the game with the best scoring output for a Spartan off the bench. Hopefully he will get more opportunities after leaving his mark early in the season.