Marrero Working Through Process

Nearly all of the Big Ten is after DeJuan Marrero, and he is working hard to make his perimeter skills college ready from the moment he gets to campus.

On the floor there has never been a question about the work ethic of DeJuan Marrero. The forward from Gary (Ind.) Bowman Academy is one of the best rebounders in the 2012 class and plays the game with absolute reckless abandon. Now Marrero is working hard are figuring out which college is best for him.

At 6-foot-5 with a lot of strength, Marrero is known as someone who gets the job done on the inside. He rebounds very well and just uses his energy and effort level to be productive. Now Marrero is focused on improving his perimeter game.

"I think my game is coming along well," said Marrero. "I have been working on my jump shot and my perimeter game is coming along well. I haven't tried to force shots. I just go into the gym after hours and get shots up."

He continued, "I get on the gun after practice and just keep getting up shots. I work mostly on my mid-range and then move out to three point range."

When it comes to schools recruiting him, there is no shortage of interest. "Memphis, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, NC State, Wake Forest, Miami, Xavier, and Dayton," listed Marrero.

The most recent school to throw their name in the ring with an official scholarship offer was Minnesota. The Golden Gophers pulled the trigger on the offer after viewing one of his standard double-double performances. Marrero then informed people of his new offer via twitter.

"My coach told me they offered and I just wanted to let them know that I appreciated it after I worked hard against North Central," said Marrero of the Minnesota offer.

While Minnesota was his most recent offer, Illinois received the most recent visit. Marrero has been down to Illinois a lot, and they are one of the schools he is seriously considering.

"Illinois is a great campus," explained Marrero. "Every time I go down there they treat me like family. Coach Jay Price has been recruiting me since the eighth grade, but I know that I can only pick one school."

For now Marrero is in no hurry to make a final decision. He plans to narrow his list down to six schools after the season, and from there he will sort through things and come to a decision.

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