Markis McDuffie is the proverbial late bloomer, a long rangy athlete with huge upside. Maryland recently got involved in this St. Anthony High School product's recruitment. We spoke to Brian Coleman, formerly at St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ), and now Director of Basketball Operations for the excellent Sports U AAU program, to find out more about McDuffie.
"Markis is up to 6-8 now, only 16 years old, and still growing," said Coleman. "His doctors are saying he could reach 7-0. He seems like he gets taller every time I see him. He really had a good July, and now there are offers coming in every day. Markis is similar in some respects with Jared (Nickens, current Maryland player).
"Jared is probably the better pure shooter, but both are long and athletic. Markis gets the edge on defense , and is probably a better offensive rebounder. He does a little bit of everything for the Friars though. I just think his upside is ridiculous."
Coleman described McDuffie as "a tough competitor, but off the court, he's a real sweetheart. He's very coachable, and very respectful too. Obviously, playing for Coach (Bob) Hurley, well, that's like surviving boot camp. Markis is thin, but he's tough. He won't back down from anyone."
McDuffie is currently trying to condense his long list of college offers and figure out who will receive an official visit.
"We are working on setting up visits now," said Coleman. "Markis had a nice list before July, but now the offers have increased and he has more schools to consider. We hope to have all that set up in the next two weeks. The plan is to start taking visits in early September."
According to Coleman, the main schools under consideration are VCU, Maryland, SMU, Seton Hall, Rutgers, BC, Creighton, and St. Joe's. He's currently considered a 3-star recruit, but we expect that to be upgraded by the winter.
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