Marra Headed To The Big East

Mike Marra is headed to the Big East. The 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard made his college selection Tuesday afternoon.

Rick Pitino's assistants had already made four trips to see Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon standout Mike Marra. On Wednesday, Pitino made his first trip to see the talented shooter and shortly after he picked up a verbal commitment.

"I think he felt very comfortable with the coaching staff," Mount Hermon head coach John Carroll said. "He saw their practices and felt it was an environment that could really get the most out of him as a player."

"He really liked their community. They take their ball very seriously down there. It's a great opportunity. He's an elite perimeter player. He can really shoot it from the outside and he feels like he can go to Louisville and make a difference."

Marra, a 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard, is an above average athlete with deep range on his jump shot. Over the last 12 games he's averaging 27 points. In a recent contest against St. Thomas More he went 10-for-11 from three and scored 36 points.

"He truly has unlimited range and athleticism," Carroll said. "He has a high major shot and it only takes a split second to get it off. He's got great evaluation and is just a phenomenal competitor."

"He's really not affected by the pulse of the game," he continued. "He plays the same way every time he steps on the floor. With the intensity level that Louisville likes to play at, he'll be great."

Marra picked the Cardinals over strong interest from Michigan, Miami, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Massachusetts, Syracuse, Providence and Rhode Island.

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