Sheffield works hard to improve

Four-star wing Marcus Sheffield looks primed for a big junior season.

The state of Georgia has some very highly rated prospects in the class of 2015. One player who has really seen his stock soar in the last year is Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee wing Marcus Sheffield. The 6-foot-5 Sheffield is now set for a huge junior season.

Things really started to pick up for Sheffield during his sophomore season. He took a big leap forward as a player and then continued it during the summer with Game Elite. According to Sheffield's high school coach Kacey Martin the growth has been a credit to Sheffield and his family.

"In the last year he has grown up a lot," Martin explained. "He has handled all the recruiting and all of the hype the right way. I think he isn't satisfied and he wants to get better, and that is really exciting."

Martin continued, "I think a lot of it goes back to Marcus' upbringing. His parents are great. His mom and dad are completely involved in everything and keep a close eye on him. His parents and I talk quite a bit to make sure we are on the same page with academics, with basketball, with AAU, and his recruiting. It has been a lot of fun to be a part of that."

With that growth has come new recruiting interest. Schools such as Clemson, Virginia Commonwealth, Xavier, and Florida State offered over the summer. Now another SEC offer has come his way.

"Georgia offered me last week," noted Sheffield.

The Bulldogs are a local school, with Athens only being about an hour from his home, and he says it is great to get an offer from them.

"It is good it is a great opportunity to have an offer from Georgia," explained Sheffield. "The whole staff is really nice and I like those guys a lot."

For a kid who didn't get a ton of hype early, Sheffield says it is great to have all his hard work pay off and land numerous high level offers.

"It is a great feeling," said Sheffield. "I have been working towards this for a long time, so to know all my hard work is paying off it is great."

For his part, Coach Martin has been very pleased with how Sheffield and his family have handled the entire process.

"He's had colleges from all levels recruiting him and staying in touch," said Martin. "I always tell our players that you have to entertain everybody. Coaching is a big fraternity and you want to be successful and entertain them because they talk with each other."

He continued, "His family isn't ruling anybody out, and his family is doing a good job of letting Sheff make his own decisions and just being supportive of him."

At the moment no recruiting decision is imminent for Sheffield. Instead he is focused on this season and getting better. Specifically Sheffield says there is one area he wants to really improve.

"I just want to show everybody that I am a leader on the court and that I can help my teammates improve," said Sheffield.

For the soft spoken Sheffield being a vocal leader might not be natural, but his coach says it is something he sees improvement with.

"Leadership is pretty broad, with Sheff the biggest thing is communication and being a vocal leader," said Martin. "That isn't really in his personality, but he is starting to come out of his shell a little bit and he is making steps forward. Playing in the fall league and our workouts have been a good start for him, and he wants to be a vocal leader, it just takes time to learn how."

Currently Sheffield is viewed as a four-star prospect in the class of 2015. He is the No. 13 ranked small forward and the No. 65 prospect overall.

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