Marcus Bartley is part of the new plans

2014 point guard Marcus Bartley of MacArthur (Ill.) met with Chris Collins and Tavaras Hardy last week, before leaving with an offer. Here's what the intriguing prospect had to say.

Score another one for Chris Collins.

Marcus Bartley, a class of 2014 prospect from MacArthur HS (Ill.) grew up cheering for Duke. And in an exciting moment, Collins – someone he admires – came through with an offer.

Collins and assistant coach Tavaras Hardy visited Bartley last Thursday, and made it clear they want him to be part of the Wildcats' future.

"It means a lot," Bartley said. "… It's great to get a high major from such a great school."

Collins – it seemed – made a pitch similar to those traditionally used by Pat Fitzgerald. Collins said he felt comfortable developing players, and that he could take Bartley's game to another level.

Bartley, the 6-4 point guard, already touts impressive leadership skills. He said he feels like "another coach on the floor," though he's comfortable scoring whenever necessary.

Heading into his senior season, Bartley knows of potential areas for improvement. At only 150 lbs., that begins with bulking up.

"I'm definitely looking to improve my strength – eating more – and improve my mid-range game," he said.

Still, his recruitment process continues to heat up. Oklahoma State recently offered. Schools including Xavier, Iowa, DePaul, Illinois and Stanford have all expressed interest.

Bartley plans to wait out the process. No decision is imminent, but he can take pride in his latest offer.

Hardy and Collins have already established quite the tandem, and one of their initial steps involved reaching out to a point guard who could be a central piece in their brand new plans.

And, for those of you still keeping tabs on Chris Collins reactions, Bartley delivered a glowing assessment: "I'm really impressed."


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