THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
It happened on Friday afternoon September 20, a little after four PM. The setting was Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, New Jersey, and Marquis Webb announced that he would be the first New Jersey recruit for Rutgers Men's Head Basketball Coach, Gary Waters.
Webb is a guard that goes about 6'4" 190 pounds or so. When you look at him, he appears to be strong, long limbed and lean. When you play against him or watch him, you'll see that he is also fast and athletic. What I just described are the physical characteristics of your prototypical Waters recruit and Marquis definitely fills the bill.
The all everything guy plays the one, two or three as the situation dictates itself. He has started at his high school for three years and when he graduates he will be a four-year starter at Paterson Catholic. He scored 1240 over his first three years and last year averaged 18 points per game, 8 rebounds per game and 4 assists per game.
Marquis can take it to the hoop or stop and pop. Mr. Everything can take it into the lane and create off the dribble. He hit over seventy threes last year as a junior. He is physical and quick on defense. His ability to anticipate often allows him to create a turnover and then get out on the break in transition.
Rutgers, Villanova, Seton Hall and Syracuse were some of the teams that were in on him early. The Hall backed off after they got a verbal from Jamar Nutter and the Cuse backed off after they got Lou McCroskey. In late July Marquis allegedly added the names of Fordham, Temple, and Pittsburgh to his shortlist.
Early Friday afternoon Paterson Catholic Athletic Director, Jim Slezak, told me that, "whoever gets Marquis would be getting a really great kid".
Later that day Theresa Webb, Marquis' mother told Mike Fasano of Mike and the Big Dog that Marquis "felt a closeness with the Rutgers coach, he liked the Rutgers campus, and he was more comfortable there than anywhere else." These were three of the reasons that he selected the Knights as his destination. The fourth reason was that Marquis felt that at Rutgers he could play early in his career.
Marquis plays for the AAU Tim Thomas Playaz, which is coached by former Paterson Catholic headman, Jim Salmon. Playaz is loaded with New Jersey talent on all of its teams. Mookie Watkins, a classmate at Catholic and a potential Rutgers recruit, also plays for Tim Thomas.
Marquis is the second verbal of this recruiting season for Coach Gary Waters. Quincy Douby of Brooklyn, a shooting guard, was the first verbal of the year. Rutgers will most likely offer two additional scholarships this year to inside players.
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