With the excitement and fanfare of the NCAA tournament in full swing SCPrepNation.com continues to bring you the state's top high school basketball prospects. 2010 PG Marquis Sloan from Greenville High School is the next player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series. Having played for the Red Raiders over the past few seasons success has become a big part of Sloan's career. We traveled to Greenville High recently to talk with Sloan about his junior season, outlook for the AAU season, and how his early recruitment is taking shape.
The awards rundown is pretty impressive for Marquis as he piled up quite a big of hardware. "MVP for my team and I was All-County, and All-State." Along the way this year he managed to showcase his talents on the court to the tune of averaging 19 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game during his junior campaign. The 2010 standout in fact has started to hear more and more from colleges due to his outstanding play.
Sloan shared the list of schools that he's hearing the most from right now. "I'm hearing from Temple, South Carolina, American, Wofford, Presbyterian, Drake, Richmond, and SMU right now. Out of those schools I'd say Wofford and PC are coming after me the hardest."
Two of those aforementioned programs made it to the NCAA tournament and Sloan said he definitely wants to hear a lot more from at least one of them. "I'd really like to hear more from Temple." With a number of those schools being strong academic universities Sloan told us he's also a big time performer in the classroom as well. "I have a 3.6 GPA. I just took the SAT recently and I'm awaiting my test scores now."
Asked to talk about one of his marquee performances from this season Sloan quickly replied, "The Wade Hampton game. I had 34 points against them. I had 8 three-pointers and to be honest it was a great feeling. I couldn't miss and everything was going for me. It was great!"
Sloan says there's still plenty of work to do this offseason in an effort to improve his game. He talked at length about just what exactly his strengths and weaknesses are and what his plans were to get better.
"I know right now that my midrange game is strong. I'd say that and just getting to the rack are my biggest strengths. I feel like I can get to the basket with my quickness and explosiveness whenever I want to. Usually it's a bucket or I'm at least going to the free throw line."
As for improving Sloan says he'll work on all elements but one area in particular will get extra work. "I want to work on my perimeter game this offseason. I plan on putting up at least 300-400 shots everyday to improve. I just finished shooting actually."
The offseason plans are starting to come together for Sloan as he'll work individually but also has plans to run with a local AAU program. "I plan on running this year with the Carolina Celtics this summer."
Marquis also has outlined what his goals are for his senior season with the Red Raiders as well. "First winning the region championship. Then getting back to the state championship and getting that ring." The Red Raiders had become a fixture in the AAA state championship game before this season over the past few years. Sloan says he's looking forward to helping his team make that return trip to Columbia.
Over the course of his career Marquis has seen some pretty tough competition and we asked him to share with us his toughest opponents on the AAU circuit and playing for his high school team. "For AAU it's gotta be Brandon Knight. He's just so quick and strong. He's one of the top point guards in the country (#1 according to Scout.com in the 2010 class). He can really do it all."
"Now for playing with Greenville, my toughest opponent would have to be Robbie Dreher from Southside High. He's strong and really physical. Plus he can shoot the three ball so you gotta respect all aspects of his game."
Considering the early interest that Sloan is picking up expect things to snowball for the 2010 standout as he is a well-rounded point guard not only on the court but in the classroom as well.
We have just picked up film of Marquis in action so stay tuned for footage of him at work right here with SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team very soon. Also be on the lookout for an extensive photo gallery of Sloan as well.
Fun Facts With...Marquis Sloan
Favorite player: Lebron James
Favorite movie: Love & Basketball
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite subject in school: Math
Dream Date: Meagan Good
First Dunk: age 14
Favorite move: Double crossover