Upstate Shooting Guard Has D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a profile on an upstate shooting guard ...

It was an eye-opening performance for Albany City Rocks program director Jim Hart. He had just watched a shooting guard by the name of Brett Marfurt scorch an opponent for 38 points in a semifinal game at the Boston Shootout.

"It was a tremendous performance," Hart said. "I was very impressed. He had 28 of his points in the second half too when we needed him to score."

Score he did. And it also has paved the way for division one programs to start taking a serious look at his skills. Marfurt, who is expected to be a big part of Guilderland High School's basketball program this winter, already has division one interest in his individual game.

"Both Penn State and Fordham have come to the school to visit Brett and his outstanding coach Ron Osinski," Hart said. "So they are very interested in Brett."

Brett has also visited those schools unofficially. A member of the class of 2008, this is just the beginning of the recruiting process for Marfurt. "Brett is an honor student too," Hart said. "He has interest also from Bucknell, Duquesne, Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell."

Marfurt has impressed Hart, who believes he is a division one college player when he graduates in 2008 from the high school level. "He is already an excellent three-point shooter," Hart said. "He finishes well also with either hand.

"He is a sneaky athlete too. He dunks with ease and can defend the small forward position. He was the leading scorer on our 16 and under team."

For now, Marfurt will continue to polish his game at the upstate high school as well as compete for the Albany City Rocks during the spring and summer events. "He's really developing into a very good player," Hart said.

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