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I’ll take Naji Marshall over Desi Rodriguez

Both guys took a public reprimand from their respective coaches. Only Naji handled it well.

NCAA Basketball: Xavier at Seton Hall Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone makes mistakes. Apparently Naji Marshall recently made one in time management, and this was the result:

Whatever exactly happened, Coach Mack wasn’t thrilled. Not only did he put Naji on the Versa Climber, but he also put the reigning Big East Freshman of the Week’s business right out on Twitter.

How did Naji handle the public embarrassment?

Like a dang adult. He messed up, he got called out, he owned it.

What does that have to do with Desi Rodriguez? Only this:

In a since deleted tweet, Desi Rodriguez countered:

Haha really funny , why wouldn’t I want to be out there battling with my guys I love these dudes these are my brothers , we will be just fine trust me (fist emoji)

So... there you have it. For all the hot takes the roll around Twitter about Coach Mack not having control of the team every time someone throws down a middle finger dunk at the end of a game or baits an opponent into a tech, this looks exactly like a guy and a player who have one another’s respect. I don’t think the same can be said in South Orange.