Long Island Star Set For JUCO Experience

Reporter Brian Towey takes an indepth look at the individual game and career of former Long Island High School star Marcus Damus, who is currently competing at a JUCO ...

When he speaks of Marcus Damus, Westchester Community College assistant coach Mickey Carey admits to an unusual problem: he can't seem to keep his player out of the gym.

"Sometimes I have to stop taking his calls," said Carey. "We have night classes. He'll be on the way back from class and call me telling me he's already on his way to the gym."

Damus, 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing player and redshirt freshman, shows plenty of promise on the court as a high-energy slasher. But what Carey really likes are his intangibles.

"When we need to call a meeting, we just call Marcus," said Carey. "He'll call right back in a few minutes and will have already e-mailed the whole team."

Damus spent his freshman year at Cowley County (Kan.) Community College. Six games into the season he separated his shoulder and needed surgery. Damus petitioned to get the year back and was successful.

Damus will spend one year at Westchester before moving on to a four-year school.

The native of Bay Shore, N.Y., cuts to the rim in long, swooping strides and owns a good motor. His length is a major asset.

"He can put it on the floor," said Carey. "He defends well; he knows how to use his length."

UNC-Wilmington has posted an offer, according to Carey. Iona and Rhode Island have also shown interest.

The school that signs Damus will get a player with a formidable work ethic, according to Carey.

"He's in the gym seven days a week," said Carey.

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