Quest To Be The Best

Jonesboro junior star Marquise Pointer (6-2, 180) has recovered from a heart-breaking, last-second loss in the state championship game to have a great AAU summer, which he hopes to cap this week by helping lead the Arkansas Wings to the 16-and-under national title in Orlando, Fla.

They may be more heralded names on the Arkansas Wings' 16-and-under roster, but no one was standing taller earlier this month than Jonesboro junior Marquise Pointer.

Pointer (6-2, 180) had a team-high 14 points as he lead the Wings over Each One Teach One 67-48 in the Peach Jam championship game back on July 28.

He'll be back running the point again Tuesday when the Wings try to cap off their summer with an AAU 16-and-under national title beginning with their first pool game at 12:40 p.m at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

"This summer has been great for me and great for all the guys on our team," Pointer said. "We have all played well as a team and put in a lot of hard work. It is paying off for us."

Pointer has gotten four offers already with Arkansas State, Lehigh and Southeast Missouri State already offering.

He's also hearing from head coach Mike Anderson and the Razorbacks. "I have also been getting interest here lately from Arkansas and Troy," Pointer said. "I really love Coach Anderson and his system and I would love to play at Arkansas."

Pointer has made a smooth transition from being a shooting guard to a lead guard this spring and summer.

"This summer was my first time playing point guard as I usually play shooting guard pretty much," Pointer said. "But because of my height that is the position that I needed to be working at.

"I think I have played really well at the position, my decision making has gotten better and I have shown that I can get into the lane and make plays," Pointer said.

The Wings also feature a 2016 star prospect in East Poinsett County star Malik Monk as well as 2015 stars Marlon Hunter and 6-11 Skal Labissiere of Memphis.

New Orleans prep star Melvin Frazier – another 2015 guy – has been with the team, but will not be in Orlando.

"These guys are all great players and they have helped my development," Pointer said. "We have great chemistry."

Pointer will team in the backcourt again this year with Kharon Ross, a 5-11 senior point guard who also has Division I prospects.

Both will be able to run the point this season.

"I think it will allow us to just keep up the pace with both of us being able to play the point," Pointer said. "We will be able to keep pushing even when one of us gets tired and needs a rest." Arkansas signee Bobby Portis and Little Rock Hall edged Jonesboro in the state title game on a last-second shot.

"It has pushed me a lot," Pointer said. "The luck just did not go our way, but we will just keep fighting and maybe this will be our year. That is the only thing we can be satisfied this year – to win it all."

Jonesboro will be a smallish team again this season.

"It is going to be the same game plan this season," Pointer said. "We are going to be a small team so we have to keep up the pressure and make sure we box out and just do all the small things it takes to win games. Defense is going to be a big key to us winning games."

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