Tests could take weeks for former basketball star who died

Investigators at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta said today autopsy results on a former star basketball player are pending until toxicology test results are reviewed.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said results on former Greenbrier High star Eric Marshall will not be available for several weeks

Mr. Marshall, the man set to be Greenbrier High School’s assistant basketball coach next year, collapsed and died late Wednesday while playing at the Warren Road Gym.

A 2003 Greenbrier graduate considered one of the all-time best basketball players from Columbia County, Mr. Marshall was 24.

He was playing basketball when he collapsed around 7 p.m., said the coroner.

He was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m., Mr. McDonald said.

“I’m just stunned,” said Greenbrier Athletic Director Garrett Black, who coached Mr. Marshall in his senior season in which he averaged 28 points per game.

“He was a great basketball player, but he was a unique kid,” Mr. Black said. “He was a great role model.”

Mr. Marshall played two years for Greenbrier, and both years was named the county’s Player of the Year by The Columbia County News-Times. In 2003, Mr. Marshall was named The Augusta Chronicle’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

He landed a scholarship to play at Wofford College, but his playing time was hampered by knee injuries. He graduated with a business degree and was working to receive credentials as an educator to work at Greenbrier, Mr. Black said.

“We were kind of grooming him. He wanted to get in the education field,” Mr. Black said. “He would have been super.”

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