Hurricanes sign 6-foot-4 guard/forward from Maywood,
Marcus Scott, a transfer Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo., has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for GSW, head coach Mike Leeder announced today.
"We are extremely fortunate to get a player of Marcus' ability this late in the recruiting process," said Leeder. "He is physically strong player that can play a variety of positions for us this season. For a player of his size he is an outstanding ball handler and his ability to score using his strength will be a big plus for us."
Scott, who will be a junior for the 'Canes this season, averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last year at MAC. He was a first team MCCAC All-Conference and first team NJCAA All-Region XVI selection.
"He played for an outstanding junior college program at Mineral Area and was coached by former University of Missouri player Corey Tate," said Leeder. "When I saw him play earlier this year, I felt like he had a similar skill set to former Hurricane player Antonio Campbell in that he had the strength to play around the basket, but also the skill to handle the ball on the perimeter."
Scott becomes the fifth player signed by the Hurricanes for the 2008-09 season, following Matt Mendell, Brandon Sims, Damayrius Adside and Sedale McGee-Jones.
"We expect that Marcus' big game experience will help us as we prepare for our first season being eligible for conference tournament play," said Leeder.
A 2005 graduate of Proviso East (Ill.), Scott helped lead the Pirates to a 28-5 record, a regional and sectional championship and the West Suburban Conference title. Proviso East earned a #4 national ranking during Scott's senior campaign and he averaged 17.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. Scott earned West Suburban All-Conference honors twice, was the Team MVP, the Sectional MVP and named the Sun Times "Player of the Week" four times.
The 2008-09 Hurricanes season kicks off Saturday, November 15 against Puerto Rico-Cayey. The game will be played at Valdosta State and tip-off time is 4 p.m.
PHOTO BY: Mineral Area College Athletics