Marcus Zegarowski has parlayed a strong Nike EYBL performance into a number of recent scholarship offers, the latest of which came from Arizona State this week.
A 6-foot-2, 170 pound point guard for the Tilton School in New Hampshire, Zegarowski learned of the offer during a phone conversation with ASU staff on Wednesday night.
"Arizona State is a great school," Zegarowski said. "The team is good and there's a lot of things about it that [are appealing]. I know about coach (Bobby) Hurley. My dad told me all about him, how he was a great point guard."
Zegarowski plays for Expressions Elite AAU on the EYBL circuit, a team that is 11-5 heading into the league's championships at Peach Jam in July. It's an impressive accomplishment for a squad that lost three Top-50 range national recruits from last year's team: Nick Richards (Kentucky), Jermaine Samuels (Villanova) and Kimani Lawrence (Arizona State).
"I know that Kimani is going to Arizona State so that's already someone I've played with and he's a really good player," Zegarowski said. "Coach Hurley is building up the talent there so that's good too."
Few expected Expressions would still be among the better AAU programs in the region after dealing with such losses, but Zegarowski helped lead the team to its goal.
"I wouldn't say it was pressure," he said. "I kind of expected this to happen. It was a whole year of people saying our team would be very good but next year they won't make Peach Jam. But we have 11 wins (in 16 games) and we kind of have proven people wrong."
Zegarowski and his twin brother Max played at Hamilton-Wehnam High School in Massachusetts before moving on to the Tilton School, where they reclassified to 2018. Their half-brother is Chicago Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams, a former Syracuse University standout.
"We have the same mother, different dad," Zegarowski said. "But my real dad raised Michael, he lived with me my whole life."
A versatile guard who primarily plays the point guard position, Zegarowski showed off impressive feel and perimeter shooting as Expressions went 4-0 last weekend in the Los Angeles area.
"Me and my dad really work on my shooting a lot," Zegarowski said. "My twin brother is probably a better shooter than me. He was a much better shooter in the NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Council) so we have arguments about it. I bet at Peach Jam he'll probably shoot better and he'll win the battle of arguments."
Zegarowski said he has 14 scholarship offers, including Massachusetts, Minnesota, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers and Washington. He's visited Boston College, Marquette, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
"Being at prep school really makes me settle and get educated and focus hard on basketball and school," he said. "I would wake up at 6 a.m. before classes and get in the gym, put in as much work as possible to separate myself. The EYBL is a really good league. I'm not that athletic or that tall, other guys have more physical gifts I would say, so I have to have the best work ethic. I have to out-work people to get me on top so that's the way I approach it."