Ginyard readies for new summer role

For those who haven't already heard the rumors through the prep grapevine, it's true. Marcus Ginyard is switching AAU teams this summer. No longer will the 6-4 backcourt ace play with the DC Blue Devils. This summer, he's going to run with the Tidewater based Boo Williams Nike squad. And he's going to run the point.

"I think that it's just a thing of where I need to focus more on the ball-handling duties," said Ginyard. "I'm a big guard right now, but that's just on the high school level. But when you look at the college level when compared to the rest of the guards in the conference, I'm really no bigger than most.

"So I need to work on handling the point and getting better with my handle and my decisions," he continued. "That will allow me to be more versatile, more comfortable and I'm going to have to play a lot more point next season for my high school team as well."

The Ginyards talk with UNC coach Roy Williams about once a month, and Williams' influence and recommendations were surely a factor in the plan.

"I certainly think it's a good idea for me to work on playing (the point). I'm sure I'll still play a little bit of two also," he said.

Ginyard's Bishop O'Connell squad won the Virginia Independent League championship game this past weekend at Richard Bland College in Petersburg. And much of the credit for the victories goes to the 190-pound junior's versatility.

That, and his usual stellar defensive efforts.

Against Blue Ridge, Ginyard tallied 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals. But in the finals against Paul VI -- the junior had to be the lock-down stopper for the Knights.

"I started off on the one guy and then the other guy that I wasn't guarding got a hot hand," he said, "so I switched to him to shut him down and then I was used to guard whoever started making baskets."

For the evening, Ginyard only tallied five points, but his defense helped stymie the opposition into a bad shooting night and O'Connell went on to win 72-62.

"He demanded to be switched to the other kid when he got hot," said Ron Ginyard, Marcus' older brother and an assistant coach at O'Connell. "He was all over the place and he just locked down whoever got the hot hand."

Many basketball media outlets, recruiting analysts and fans are starting to label the junior as a defensive stopper, and it's something that Ginyard's happy to hear.

"It doesn't hurt me to hear that at all," said Ginyard. "I could be called worse. I love playing defense and I take pride in shutting people down. I think that's something that I am proud to have associated with me."

And knowing Roy Williams' fondness for defense, Ginyard is surely going to be one of his favorite players in the near future.

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