High flyin' future Coug a YouTube hit

FUTURE WASHINGTON STATE Cougar Marcus Capers has been selected to play for Team Florida next month in the inaugural Florida vs. USA All-Star Game featuring some of the finest high school senior basketballers in the nation. For Capers, a 6-5 swingman who signed a national letter of intent with WSU in November, it's just one of three interesting developments of late.

In addition, he's been nominated to play in the McDonald's All-American game.

And last month on YouTube, HoopTV featured him in its January 12th Dunk of the Day, which can be seen here:

Capers will be one of three players from powerhouse Montverde Academy, just outside Orlando, who will play in the Florida vs. USA game. The others are Dashan Harris, who will play his college ball at Texas A&M and Steve Tchiengang, who is headed to Vanderbilt.

Capers has helped Montverde to a 24-6 record so far this season. His coach, Kevin Sutton, told CF.C earlier this year that "Marcus is a tremendous athlete. He's wiry strong, and he is quick, explosive off his feet. He anticipates very well defensively. He has a tremendous upside and bright basketball future. Washington State liked all of that about him...and they liked that he is a tremendous defender.

He added, "I'm not making a prediction that Marcus will be the Pac-10 Rookie of the Year. But I am making a prediction that Marcus will come into Washington State University and he will have a great career there."

ONE OF CAPERS' MATES in the recruiting class that arrivES in Pullman in the fall will be sharpshooting guard Michael Harthun, a four-star prospect from Medford, Oregon. In a game Tuesday featuring Harthun's No. 3-ranked South Medford team and No. 4-rated North Medford, he gashed his forehead in the third quarter but returned to the game bandaged up and his left eye nearly swollen shut.

Blood-stained jersey and all, he then proceeded to score 13 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. Six of those points came on long three-pointers. His team won, 80-62. The victory improved South Medford's record to 18-3 and they seek to repeat as state champions. Harthun, who required stitches, according to the Oregonian, had injured his forehead when he landed hard on the court.

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