Hoops Recruiting: Cowboys Rope JUCO Standout

Trenton Marshall is one of the top junior college basketball players in the Class of 2009. As a freshman at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi, the 6-5, 225-pound guard averaged 23.9 points per game to earn NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors. He made a trip to Oklahoma State this past weekend and committed to the Cowboys Tuesday. He talked with GoPokes.com about his decision.

GoPokes.com: I understand you may have some news?
Marshall: Yes. I committed to Oklahoma State, and I feel pretty good about it.

GoPokes.com: What was one of the deciding factors in committing to Oklahoma State?
Marshall: I've known (new Oklahoma State assistant coach) Butch Pierre for a long time. I've known him since he was recruiting me in high school. I feel pretty confident in him.

GoPokes.com: Did you make a trip to Oklahoma State before making your decision?
Marshall: Yes, my former coach, Coach Norwood, and I made a trip there this weekend. I really liked the campus.

GoPokes.com: What other schools were recruiting you?
Marshall: Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State.

GoPokes.com: When do you plan to sign?
Marshall: I don't know when I can sign, but I just hope it hurries up and gets here because I can't wait to get there.

GoPokes.com: For people who have not seen you play, how would you describe yourself as a player?
Marshall: As a player ... I get it done. I can shoot it, I can go to the hole at will, I can D up on people, I like to rebound. I like to play hard and I like to win.

GoPokes.com: What impressed you the most on your visit to Oklahoma State last weekend?
Marshall: I think it was the campus mostly. But I was also impressed with Coach (Travis) Ford and Coach Butch Pierre.

GoPokes.com: Were you planning to commit when you arrived in Stillwater for your visit?
Marshall: I don't know about committing but I was very interested. Then once I saw the campus, and sat down to talk with Coach Ford, I said, ‘This is where I want to be.' I was also impressed with the academic lady (Marilyn Middlebrook) when I talked to her.

GoPokes.com: Did you get a chance to visit with any current Cowboy players?
Marshall: Yes, I talked to (Byron) Eaton. He let me know that Oklahoma State is a great program, and he encouraged me to come there too. That played a part in my decision.

GoPokes.com: What message do you have for Oklahoma State fans who won't see you until you arrive on campus in the fall of 2009?
Marshall: Once I get to Oklahoma State I'm just going to try to make a name for myself. I'm going to try to work hard, and try to help get a ring.

(Editor's Note: Marshall will spend this next season at Jones County and will have two years of eligibility remaining when he arrives at Oklahoma State and is eligible to play during the 2009-10 season).

Trenton Marshall
Courtesy of Jones County Athletics


Trenton Marshall
Courtesy of Jones County Athletics



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