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Otis Campbell couldn't pass up the opportunity to play college ball close to home and reunite with one of his former high school teammates.

As a result, the 6-2, 210 pound shooting guard from Hutchinson C.C. in Hutchinson, Kan., has orally committed to St. Francis College of New York.

At St. Francis, Campbell will have the opportunity to once again play alongside former St. Anthony's (Jersey City, NJ) standout Marcus Williams. Williams, who wrapped up his sophomore campaign at Globe Tech in New York City, is also expected to sign a national letter of intent with the Terriers next week.

"Marcus and I talked about if the chance came up again, we would like to go to school together," Campbell said on Tuesday night. "In fact, we were supposed to go to Globe together."

Instead, Campbell opted for Hutchinson, honing his craft for the past two years in the always competitive Jayhawk Conference.

Campbell averaged 8.6 points, two rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for the Blue Dragons in 2005-2006. He shot 35 percent beyond the arc and 66 percent from the foul line as a sophomore.

Hutchinson finished 17-12 overall and 9-7 in the Jayhawk West Conference, but the Blue Dragons were bounced out of the first round of the Region VI Playoffs by Allen County.

"I can play the two, the one or the three, so I am pretty versatile," Campbell said. "I can also handle the ball pretty well."

Campbell has gained significant weight since his high school days. He played at about 180 pounds as a senior at St. Anthony's, but has packed about 30 pounds on to his frame in the past two years.

While he is comfortable with the added weight and the strength it has given him, a preseason conditioning program could probably help Campbell gain back some of the athletic explosiveness he had as a high school senior.

Campbell said he developed a close relationship with St. Francis Head Coach Brian Nash during the recruiting process, and picked the Terriers after also giving consideration to Central Connecticut State, Delaware and Stony Brook.

The fact the he will have a chance to play with Williams again was probably the most significant factor in Campbell's decision.

"I am real excited about playing in front of my family and friends again," Campbell said. "When I was home for the Christmas break, Marcus and I played a lot of basketball together."

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