Elite 2011 point guard talks future
Marquis Rankin, the nation's No. 4 ranked junior point guard according to Scout.com, claims three schools have offered him — South Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisiana Tech. According to the 2011 floor general, Clemson was supposed to offer over the weekend when he visited the campus unofficially, and Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Duke are all on him hard as well.
Lamar Rankin, Marquis' father, has been instrumental in his recruiting and claims a lot more suitors have come calling. Those schools have been going through him, considering he is the Charlotte resident's AAU coach with Team United in addition to being his father.
When asked about Coach Darrin Horn and South Carolina's pursuit of his son, Lamar Rankin stated that the Gamecocks are in good shape early on.
"(South Carolina is) one of the top schools on his list right now," he said. "He likes them, he's interested."
As far as interest goes, proximity is one thing that draws Marquis Rankins' attention with some of the current schools.
"I want to stay close to home," the 6-foot guard said. "The schools that are interested in me now are close to home.
"If it comes to the point where I have to leave my state, then I'm going to go."
Schools coming at Rankin early are something that sits well with the guard, and he admitted he is high on Wake Forest in large part because they were the first school to offer him when he was a freshman in high school. Rankin doesn't plan on dragging on his saga like some recruits, so schools have to get in well before he puts his decision plan into action.
"We'll probably narrow (the list) down during his junior year," Lamar Rankin said. "We'll make a decision by his senior year so he can concentrate on the season and school."
Marquis Rankin says when he makes his decision, two questions need to be answered: "Do I fit their style of play?" and "Who's coming in before me that plays the same position I play?"
"He's a coach's dream," Lamar Rankin said. "He's the type of player that'll do whatever you ask of him. He's a real unselfish player, real humble. He fills up the stat sheet.
"His real strength is his defense. He's already guarding the other team's best player. No matter how tall they are, he'll lock them up. He can dominate a game without scoring."
As for Rankin's summer, he's been pretty impressive, but he's yet to be 100 percent on a team filled with various injuries.
"(The summer) is going real good. Bob Gibbons was my first official tournament. My ankle kind of slowed me down a little bit. I wasn't at my max, I can tell you that."
Rankin's plans for after the summer have been in question as far as school goes.
"It's crazy about how many rumors there are out there around town," Rankin said. "But I'm finishing high school (at Vance)."
Vance — along with Team United — houses several South Carolina recruiting prospects. In particular, Jacoby Davis (2011 guard) and Braxton Ogbueze (2012 guard) are ones Rankin has considered talking about going to college with.
"I haven't talked to Braxton about it much, but me and Jacoby talk about it all the time," Rankin said. "We talk about how it would be to play together at the next level. We'd come in feeling comfortable with some of the people we've known.
"In practice we get to know each other real, real good, and it transfers to the court well."
But Rankin isn't too complacent in his methods, as he knows he has a lot of growing to do before he officially steps onto a campus ready to play college ball.
"Growing up, I've seen him get mentally tough through hard work," Lamar Rankin said. "He knows he has stuff to work on. He does whatever it takes to get better. He goes 100 percent on both sides of the court. He doesn't take any plays off."
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