Boo: Marcus Ginyard Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. – Marcus Ginyard is a future Tar Heel, and with his college recruitment out of the way, the 6-4 guard has established a top priority for this spring and summer – developing his point guard skills.

Ginyard spent the last two years on the circuit with the D.C. Blue Devils – a talented, but inconsistent traveling team – with which the rising senior was forced into a variety of roles on the court.

He knew he needed to make a change, so he joined the Boo Williams Summer League (BWSL) squad for this year's AAU circuit.

"Nothing against the Blue Devils, I just felt this was going to be a better situation for me," Ginyard said. "I've only practiced with them four times, but we practice well together and are getting good. I love playing with them, I like all the guys and we play together really well."

BWSL is a deep team consisting of some of the best players in the state of Virginia. This depth at each position enables a balanced offense and allows the starters to get plenty of rest. Most importantly, Ginyard gets to run the show as the team's starting point guard.

"Here I'm more in the forefront for this team," he said. "That's what I was looking for."

In the past, Ginyard has been considered a versatile guard, capable of playing three positions on offense and defense. His height and length, coupled with great footwork and instinct, make him a terrific defender, while his basketball smarts and athleticism contribute to his versatile roles on the offensive end of the court.

When he committed to North Carolina last summer, the Tar Heel coaching staff wasn't yet sure exactly where he'd play on the court, but they viewed his commitment as a flexible piece of the puzzle.

"They've just told me [I'll play] on the perimeter," Ginyard said. "We haven't talked about [specific positions]. They said they really enjoy my versatility."

But he'd be even more versatile with improved point guard skills, and again, that was the focus this weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational.

Ginyard was the clear floor leader for BWSL. He brought the ball down the court each possession, set up the plays and ran the offense – opting for a pass-first mentality and only looking to score when an easy opportunity presented itself or when his team needed him to take charge.

In other words, he was a true point guard.

And while he played the part this weekend, his goal is to make it more of a full-time role.

"It's not where I am most comfortable, but it's where I need to feel most comfortable," Ginyard said. "That's where I want to be and that's why I'm working on it."

The rest of his talents are already a proven commodity. Passing? He sees the floor pretty well at 6-4 and knows how to set up his teammates. Driving? He can take his defender off the dribble and attack the hoop. Rebounding? He hits the boards hard and is strong on the glass for a guard. Shooting? For some reason, critics have evaluated him as a guard that can't shoot. He may not be a sharpshooter, but he hit half of his three-point attempts this weekend and also nailed a number of pull-up jumpers and runners in the lane.

And most heralded of all are his defensive skills, which Ginyard knows can be of immediate help in Chapel Hill.

"Defense, that's the biggest thing," he said. "As soon as [the Tar Heels] step it up as a defensive team, they're going to be a lot harder to beat."

The Boo Williams Invitational was Ginyard's first weekend with a new team and a new role, and he acquitted himself quite well, leading BWSL to the semifinals and averaging almost five assists per outing.

Though this was just three days of basketball, and almost four months of AAU games remain. The verdict on Marcus Ginyard as a point guard will remain undecided until at least the conclusion of the summer, according to's Dave Telep.

"He looked good as a point guard this weekend," Telep said. "I thought he was acting more aggressively on offense this weekend when his team needed it – trying to let everyone know he's diversified his game."

"As far as the transition to the point guard spot, we can't review his body of work until after the summer – and even that may be too soon," Telep continued. "That's the most difficult transition to make from one position to another, in my opinion. Athletically and defensively, he has a lot of tools and is a very good player, but this is going to take some time to play itself out."

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