PG Maurice Acker Transfers to Marquette

MILWAUKEE, April 4 – Head coach Tom Crean announced today that Maurice Acker (Hazelcrest, Illinois / Hillcrest) has signed a scholarship letter of agreement and will transfer to the school. Acker, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, will practice with the team next season but will not be available for game competition until 2007-08.

Head coach Tom Crean announced today that Maurice Acker (Hazelcrest, Illinois / Hillcrest) has signed a scholarship letter of agreement and will transfer to the school. Acker, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, will practice with the team next season but will not be available for game competition until 2007-08.

"We are very excited to have Maurice join our program at Marquette, said Crean. "An unbelievable competitor and effective floor leader, Maurice displayed the ability to produce in high school and in his first season at Ball State. His selection as Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year is evidence of that."

Acker, a 5-8 point guard, averaged 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 31.7 minutes and started all 28 games as a freshman at Ball State this season.

"I'm really excited to be a part of the Marquette basketball program and to play in the Big East," said Acker. "I can't wait to play for Coach Crean. He is a great coach and even better person."

A high school teammate of current Golden Eagles guard Jerel McNeal, Acker was recognized for his outstanding play by being named to the Mid-American Conference all-freshman team as well as being named the league's rookie of the year.

"I've had the opportunity to watch him grow from a distance and am anxious to be part of the process of helping him fulfill his potential," said Crean.

A four-year letterwinner for Tom Cappel at nationally recognized Hillcrest High School, Acker averaged 18 points, eight assists and nearly four steals a game in leading Hillcrest to its 17th straight conference championship in 2004. For his efforts, he was named all-conference, all-area and selected as the team's most valuable player.

"Simply put, we've has seen few players over the years in the state of Illinois with a bigger heart and a fiercer competitive spirit than Acker," said recruiting experts and operators of Illinois Prep Bulls-eye Roy and Harv Schmidt. "Acker is a pure point guard with tremendous quickness and playmaking capability."


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