On The Road: Marc Egerson

<b>NEWARK, Del. –</b> A pair of top-five teams in Delaware hooked up Tuesday night. The state's highest-regarded senior, Marc Egerson, made sure Glasgow High protected its house.

The top dog in the first state, as far as senior basketball players go is Marc Egerson. The 6-4 ½, 217 pound small forward from Glasgow High is the reigning state player of the year. Though the state boasts a pair of high-major juniors in Eric Boateng and Josh Thornton and a projected high-major sophomore in Jawan Carter, Egerson is the man when it comes to the seniors.

After averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds in last season's run to the state championship, Egerson now has Glasgow positioned as the No. 2 team in state and 8-1 after Tuesday's win over a pesky bunch from McKean 55-50. Maybe he caught some folks by surprise last season, but this year, he's the headliner.

"I'm always in the spotlight," Egerson said. "People come to see me and I was the player of the year last year. I have to live up to the hype."

Against McKean things started out slowly and it looked like the Highlanders – ranked No. 5 in the state – might grab the spotlight. McKean raced out to a 31-14 halftime lead as Egerson missed all 7 of his first quarter shots. He finished the first half 1-for-11 from the field with 7 rebounds.

Though it was far from his best effort on the perimeter, Egerson gutted it out in the second half by doing what it takes to be successful with his size on the high school level: he rebounded. Understanding that his jumper was failing him, Egerson went to work on the glass, especially on the offensive end. He was never frustrated and remained calm. If he was concerned about the outcome it didn't show.

In the second half, he shot 10 free throws. He did an excellent job of getting to the line where he went 9-for-15 for the game. Despite shooting just 4-for-18 from the field, he finished with 17 points. Glasgow held McKean to 19 second half points and only 7 in the pivotal third quarter.

Don Haman, the head coach at Glasgow, has seen some outstanding players come through his program. Two of the very best were point guard Duffy Samuels (Old Dominion) and shooting guard Shahid Perkins (East Tennessee State), not to mention guard Corey Curtis who never played a minute of major college basketball.

Though Egerson might not go down as the best prospect to ever play at the school, it's impossible to argue with his production and the success the program has enjoyed since he transferred in after spending his first two seasons at McKean.

At this point in his senior season, Egerson doesn't project as a qualifier for college in the fall. Prep schools are openly talked about though no decision has been made about his future in that regard. A number of schools like LaSalle, East Carolina, Georgetown and hometown Delaware keep regular tabs on him.

On the college level, Egerson projects as a small forward who, depending on the situation and physical development, could see some time at the shooting guard. However, that would mean his stroke would have to improve and become more consistent. His body type - at nearly 220 pounds - is more forward than guard. He's got that workhorse mentality inside and despite his size that makeup will serve him well in college. At this point in his career, Egerson has the makings of a very good mid-major prospect.

"I would like to go to St. Joe's," Egerson said. "I've been there and it's a nice atmosphere. [St. Joe's] or Georgetown."

While it's not clear where Egerson will reside next season, the near future is bright for the Glasgow Dragons as their leader gears up for the final stretch run.

"It's not playoff time yet. We have to win it back to back."

TRAVEL NOTES – During a brief stay in Delaware, we were able to catch up with three of the four top players in the state in Egerson, Boateng and Thornton. Carter, whom we missed, is the youngest of the four and just a sophomore. He's doing well at Tatnall this season. Carter was an honorable mention all-stater as a freshman last year. …

Before St. Andrew's left for a road game, we caught up with Boateng and head coach Bob Rue. The junior center began rehab on a broken 5th metatarsal in his right foot on Monday. His return to the lineup is expected in late January or early February. He's hasn't begun thinking about where he'll visit officially, but did take in the Notre Dame-Villanova game over the weekend. …

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