Jonesboro senior Marquis Eaton had a feeling the Arkansas State Red Wolves were going to extend a scholarship offer.
“I kinda thought they were going too, but when they did I was still a little surprised because it was my first one. It made me happy. I knew it was probably coming but I was still excited at the same time.”
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard, Eaton said the Red Wolves are his only offer so far but there are plenty of others sniffing around. He has drawn interest from Tulsa, UALR, Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Elon, Navy, George Mason and Stanford.
Along with top basketball skills, Eaton said he carries a 3.2 grade point average.
The Eatons moved to Jonesboro a year ago from Helena and Marquis made an impact on the Hurricane basketball program, earning Class 6A All-State honors for a 22-3 team that reached the state semifinals before falling to champion Little Rock Parkview 69-57.
“Moving to Jonesboro really helped my all-around game,’’ he said. “It helped me improve my knowledge of the game and my court awareness.
‘I like an open court game but I feel like I can play in half court too. I love to push the basketball, get in transition and get easy buckets.
“I like being able to pick apart the defense. I am more able to pick my spots now.”
He has a busy summer playing for team AAO out of Jonesboro. They head to Atlanta this week and the Jayhawk Summer Finale, Kansas City July 20-23.
As far as his college decision it will be made before the season starts.
“I just want my senior season to be about basketball,’’ he said. “I feel like we will have one of the best teams in the state. That will be what I want to focus on this year.”
The early signing period for basketball begins on Nov. 9.