Barksdale excited about IUPUI

Marcellus Barksdale recently got his first offer from IUPUI. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard took a trip up the Indianapolis to visit the schools and came away impressed.

Marcellus Barksdale recently got his first offer from IUPUI. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard took a trip up the Indianapolis to visit the schools and came away impressed.

Barksdale got a chance to really understand what it's like to play ball at IUPUI and also be a student there.

"I got a chance to go to the Business Communications class and live the life of an IUPUI player for a couple of days," he said.

Fitting in with the other players on campus as well as a good relationship with the coaching staff is a big deal for recruits. Barksdale felt good about that aspect of the trip.

"The most impressive thing was how well I fit in with the players and coaches, especially Louisville native (and Louisville Central grad) Leroy Nobles," said Barksdale. "He showed me a good time. I also got a chance to go to class with Christian Siakam. That was a good experience and it gave me a great idea of the classroom setting at IUPUI.

"Just by talking to Head Coach (Ron) Hunter and Assistant Coach (Todd) Howard, I was able to really tell that they care about their players and are constantly trying to maximize each player's potential. A great exampled they kept using was (San Antonio Spurs guard and IUPUI graduate) George Hill. He really took advantage of all the resources available to him at IUPUI and now he's a premiere player in the NBA," he said.

Barksdale got his offer from the Jaguars head man, officially, while at dinner.

"Coach Hunter too myself, coach Howard and Leroy Nobles out to dinner at this steakhouse," said Barksdale. "Coach Hunter offered me a scholarship during dinner. It was a great feeling to finally get my first offer," he said.

Barksdale was excited to finally get that "offer monkey" off his back.

"I was humbled by that because I have been working extremely hard in the classroom, court and the weight room. It goes to show that you can't hide hard work. It's also amazing to know that you have an opportunity to go to college for free," he said.

Barksdale doesn't have any other visits planned at this point and he's now preparing for his senior season to kickoff.

"I'm hyped for this season. It's my senior year and my teammates and I are looking to have a great year," he said.

Not a stranger to hard work, Barksdale makes that one of his goals for this season.

"My main goal this year is to be able to reflect back on my senior season, when it's over, and know in my heart that I gave it 110 percent every day to make myself and my team better. If I can do that, I'm positive that this year will be a huge success for my team as well as myself," Barksdale finished.


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