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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Friday, June 18, 2004

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Philly backcourt firepower on the way


Darryl Schofield thinks East Carolina got a real bargain in Marvin Kilgore.

"He was definitely underrated and under-recruited," said Schofield, the basketball coach at Philadelphia (PA) Lutheran Christian Academy. "Marvin is going to surprise some people and turn some heads."

If you’re thinking the Philadelphia Lutheran-ECU connection sounds familiar, you are correct. The Pirates signed Kilgore’s teammate, 6-10 center Charles Bronson, back in November.

"That played a part in Marvin’s decision," Schofield said, "but the main thing is that he will have an opportunity to play right away at East Carolina. The chance to start as a freshman is most intriguing."

Kilgore, a 6-3, 190-pound left-hander, spent his entire senior season at point guard and can also play the two spot. He averaged 24 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals for 29-3 Lutheran Christian, while shooting 54 percent from the floor, close to 60 percent behind the arc and 87 percent from the foul line.

"This kid can really shoot it," Schofield said. "Most of his points came on jump shots after the ball was reversed, and he hit a lot of medium-range jumpers. He worked very hard on his jump shot after his junior year, and it paid off.

"We knew Marvin could take the ball strong to the basket; he has always done that. So, in pre-season practice, I told him to eliminate that from his game and work on shooting off the dribble and coming off screens. He worked extra hard, and now he can score a whole lot of ways.

"He dominated Vincent Banks (the Laurinburg, NC, Institute shooting guard who signed with Cincinnati) and did whatever he wanted to do. Marvin physically took over the game and scored 28 points."

Kilgore, who had season highs of 36 points and 11 assists, has a 40-inch vertical jump. His leaping ability combines with his strength to help him frequently finish over taller defenders with either hand.

"He’s not your typical point guard," Schofield said. "He has gained 10 or 15 pounds since September, and his body is in excellent condition. So, he’s ready mentally, athletically and physically. He doesn’t mind taking or giving punishment.

"Marvin is going to play both guard positions in college. He handled the ball well for us, and he’s a good passer who finds the open man."

According to Schofield, Kilgore received scholarship offers from St. John’s, Georgetown, Creighton, Miami, James Madison, George Mason and Delaware in addition to ECU. He visited Greenville, Miami and Creighton.

"His last visit was to East Carolina," Schofield said, "and that sealed it. He really liked the campus.

"Billy Herrion and (Bucs’ assistant Dino) Presley recruited Marvin. I had been telling Presley about Marvin all season. So, Billy came up to an open gym in April to watch him work out, and it took him all of three minutes until he said, `I’ve got to have him.’

"Marvin improved 100 percent after last summer. He wasn’t on anybody’s list then, and most of the college coaches signed guards in the fall. Then, when they saw him during the season, they wished they had gotten him."

Kilgore graduated with a 3.1 grade-point average and is qualified for freshman eligibility.

He is the sixth member of the Pirates’ 2004 recruiting class. The others, in addition to Kilgore's Lutheran teammate Bronson, are Jonathan Hart, 6-7 small forward from Roselle (NJ) Abraham Clark; Josh King, 5-11 wing guard from Trinity (NC) High School; Mike Castro, 6-8 power forward from Cumberland (MD) Allegany Community College; and Tom Hammonds, 6-4 wing guard from Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian Academy.

Kilgore, Hammonds, Hart and King were added in the spring.

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