Foreign Big Emerges At La Lumiere...Again

Another foreign big man has emerged from La Lumiere Academy. High major schools are involved and a trio of head coaches made their way to see Sandi Marcius this past weekend.

Last year at this time Luka Mirkovic surfaced at La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere and wound up a high major prospect. This year it's the same story.

Meet Croatia native Sandi Marcius, 6-foot-10, 240-pound, center, who made his way to the United States at the beginning of the season. According to his high school coach, Delray Brooks, he's a high level athlete.

"He's had a very good season so far," Brooks said. "We only have five games left. He's had a good season. He's a very athletic big kid, who has a very strong body for a kid his age."

"He's very athletic," he continued. "He changes shots and he blocks shots. He rebounds extremely well and he has good hands and can really, really jump for a kid his size."

Marcius currently averages right around 17 points and 15 rebounds per contest. Word about his strong numbers and performance on the court has made the rounds among college as well.

This past weekend North Carolina State's Sidney Lowe, SMU's Matt Doherty and USF's Stan Heath all made their way to Indiana to get a glance at him. Purdue, Boston College, Notre Dame, Providence and Memphis have been in too.

"They've been coming in here ever since school started," Brooks said. "It's going OK. When the season is over we'll sit down and gauge the interest of the schools and look at each particular situation and help me him make the best particular decision for him."

Marcius hasn't take any visits and plans to jump into the recruiting side of things once the season comes to an end, according to Brooks.

"I would have to say it's open," he said. "We have to sit down and make some decision because he hasn't visited anywhere yet. So I'd say it's wide open."


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