With roughly three weeks left in the signing period for Division I basketball recruits, Kennedy senior Marcus Murray has narrowed his focus to three schools. The 5-foot-7 point guard has offers in hand from Division II Bloomsburg University (Pa.) and Assumption College (Mass.), but he’s also kept contact with Division I Quinnipiac.
Murray visited all three schools last month during his spring break and plans to hold off on making a pick until hearing final word from Quinnipiac. He said he’s been told the Northeast Conference school plans to use its final scholarship for the Class of 2013 on a guard.
This weekend marks the final evaluation period before the May 15 signing deadline for Division I recruits.
“It’s not that bad because I know that I have options,” Murray said. “I’m just waiting.”
A four-year starter at the Silver Spring public school, Murray had claimed interest from several low Division I schools during his senior season, but no scholarship offers materialized from any of those potential suitors. In February, Coach Diallo Nelson said the guard is a full academic qualifier.
Murray, who averaged 17.8 points per game this winter for the 17-win Cavaliers, said Quinnipiac entered the picture late after a Bobcats coach saw him at an open gym at Springbrook shortly after the season ended. He added the Hamden, Conn., school as a stop on his college tour, which hit the three schools in as many days.
If Murray chooses the Division II route, he has until Aug. 1 to sign a national letter-of-intent. When it comes time to make a pick, the speedy floor general said it will come down to feel.
“I just want to find a place where I feel like I can spend four years,” Murray said. “I don’t want to go to a school and wind up not liking it and having to transfer.”
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