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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Sunday, February 8, 2004

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Delaware star's choice a year away


East Carolina is interested in a versatile forward from Delaware, but it looks like his recruitment will have to be placed on hold for a while.

Thatís because Marc Egerson of Newark (DE) Glasgow High School is headed for prep school. The 6-5 small forward has the game for Division I, but not the SAT score.

"He needs to get his SAT up," Glasgow coach Donald Haman said, "and he could use the extra year for maturity purposes. He just turned 17 this fall. A year can make a lot of difference."

Egerson certainly looks mature as a basketball player. The 2003 Delaware player of the year, according to the stateís sportswriters and broadcasters, he appears on his way to repeating that honor.

He is averaging 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2.4 assists for 12-1 Glasgow, which is ranked No. 1 in the state. Schools are not grouped into classes in Delaware.

Egerson has scored a career-high 36 points in a game this season, getting 34 and 30 in other outings. In his most recent contest before this story was filed, he had 26 points and sat out the fourth quarter.

As a junior, Egerson averaged 19.5 points, 11.4 boards and 4.5 steals per game as Glasgow finished 24-3 and won the state championship.

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He scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and sparkled on defense with eight steals as Glasgow defeated Dover, 72-62, in the state title game. In the semifinals, he had 32 points, 15 boards and four blocked shots in a 66-58 victory over Sussex Tech. He averaged 26.8 points in four state tournament games.

"Marc was our best player," Haman said. "Everybody double- and triple-teamed him, and he met the challenge. This year, we are playing him on the perimeter more and letting him create opportunities.

"Although we have to keep him inside on defense, he plays well facing the basket. His college future is probably at two guard or maybe small forward. He can shoot threes and is also strong enough (at 215 pounds) to go inside.

"He can do some things you canít teach. One of them is jump. He really elevates on his jump shot, and people come to our games just to see him dunk. He had four in one game here recently.

"Last year, when we beat Hodgen Vocational Tech in the Blue Hen Conference flight championship game, Marc had six dunks, including some of the most spectacular Iíve ever seen.

"He is a kid in a manís body," Haman said. "By that, I mean that he still plays basketball with the enthusiasm of a kid, and thatís the way it should be. But he is a man in terms of physical strength and skills. Heís a tough match-up because of that strength along with his quickness.

"Marc handles the ball so well that he is our back-up point guard. Usually, when he gets a defensive rebound, our guards clear out and he leads the break. He comes out on the dribble and takes it to the middle."

East Carolina, Georgetown, Temple and Drexel have pursued Egerson the hardest to this point. He has not taken any visits.

"I think he likes East Carolina," Haman said, "but he isnít close to picking a favorite. I guess weíll have to wait and see who is interested next year."

Egerson is likely to attend Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military School, Fork Union Military or Maine Central Institute as a fifth-year senior.

East Carolinaís already slim chances of landing prolific scorer Edwin Ofori Attah have just about diminished.

The 6-4 wing guard from Statesville (NC) Christian School made an official visit to Greenville, but since that time he has also taken a paid trip to Minnesota and an unofficial trip to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks may be close to offering Ofori Attah a scholarship and Minnesota is expected to do likewise. Cincinnati and Oklahoma are very interested.

Ofori Attah, who is averaging more than 31 points per game, set a North Carolina high school single-game scoring record earlier this season when he threw in 71 against Hickory Grove Christian.

Louisville is out of scholarships for the 2004 class, but Rick Pitino and his staff continue to recruit high school seniors.

Thatís because there is talk that two members of the Cardinalsí five-man recruiting class may turn pro instead of playing college hoops next year. They are high school point guard Sebastian Telfair and junior college small forward Donta Smith.

Telfair, 5-11, who is at Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln High, is the No. 7 prep senior prospect in the country, according to Smith, 6-7, is at Harrisburg (IL) Southeast Illinois JC.

Louisville is showing a lot of interest in Chris Lofton, a 6-1 shooting guard who is averaging around 25 points per game for Maysville (KY) Mason County. His list of favorites includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, N.C. State and Notre Dame as well as Louisville.

Lofton is ranked No. 173.

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02/23/2007 02:41:45 PM

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