There will be those who view Marcus Derrickson‘s attendance at last month’s Indiana-Ohio State contest as a sign that the Paul VI sophomore is leaning toward the Hoosiers. But true to his laid-back demeanor, Derrickson is taking his time when it comes to his already-high college recruitment.
“I’m not too worried about it right now,” Derrickson said Tuesday. “I’m about to go into my junior year, so this summer is big and a lot of coaches will be able to contact me, but I’m just going along with it right now and picking different things that I like about colleges at this point. Then I’ll build on that until my decision during my senior year.”
Derrickson, who averaged a team-high 12.8 points along with 7.4 rebounds for the 23-8 Panthers this past season, visited Indiana for its regular-season home finale against Ohio State on March 5. With the Big Ten title on the line and Assembly Hall turned up to its usual crescendo, Derrickson began to relish the thought of playing on the college stage, wherever that may be.
“I just went up for the game and I liked it,” said Derrickson, who was accompanied by Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello. “It was a different type of atmosphere, a Big Ten rivalry, so it was intense. I’m ready for that.”
Though his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame leads most to classify Derrickson as a forward, the sophomore would prefer to be listed as a “basketball player.” Blessed with a soft outside touch, Derrickson said he plans to improve his ball-handling skills this summer to help further exploit mismatches and better allow him to lead vocally and by example.
“I don’t like to be defined at one position because I want to be effective in all facets of the game,” Derrickson said. “Right now, when I look at college teams play, I do think about how I could fit into their system and how they might use me. And I know the more I develop my game, the better I can fit into those systems.”
Derrickson currently holds offers from 16 Division I programs, including Indiana, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Rutgers and Villanova.
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