When Maret’s Marlon Beck saw Binghamton Coach Tommy Dempsey in the stands prior to his team’s game against Potomac School on Tuesday, he didn’t think much of it. The senior guard knew the Bearcats were interested in him and playing in front of recruiters was nothing new for Beck.
Little did Beck know, he was in for a major surprise.
After scoring a team-high 10 points to lead the Frogs to a 50-41 win, Beck met with Dempsey, who proceeded to extend a scholarship offer on the spot. Beck, who had already tabbed Binghamton as one of his top choices, responded with a commitment.
“When he offered, I immediately accepted and the first thing that came to my mind was ‘Finally,’” Beck said in a Wednesday phone interview. “I knew I wanted to go there. I had planned to commit somewhere in the fall, but I’m glad I waited because I know I made the right decision.”
Beck’s college decision adds another accomplishment to a senior campaign that’s already brought its share of success. In leading No. 8 Maret to a 15-2 record and the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Conference standings, Beck is averaging a team-high 13.6 points. The 5-foot-10 point guard thrives off attacking the basket and knocking down open looks from the perimeter.
“Coach Dempsey told me I fit their style of play perfectly and he knows I can make an immediate impact,” Beck said. “They haven’t had a great record in the last couple years, but I’m excited to be a part of Coach Dempsey’s first true recruiting class and I feel like I can help bring them success.”
Beck also had interest from American, Cornell, Fairfield, Gardner-Webb, Long Island, Sacred Heart and Vermont. But the mix of Binghamton’s rising hoops program and highly touted business management school drew Beck to the Division I team, which competes in the America East Conference.
“I feel like I bring somebody who has a will to win and I know they wanted a true point guard, so I’m ready to bring whatever is needed to the table,” said Beck, who plans to attend Binghamton’s home contest against UMBC on Wednesday. “And with the school being top-notch academically, I think it’s a great fit.”
In Wednesday’s hoops action:
• Mister Lewis (how great of a name is that?) scored 20 points to lead Heritage in an 85-63 rout of AA Dulles District foe Dominion. But Heritage still has some ground to make up if it wants to catch No. 18 Loudoun Valley in the district standings. The Vikings pushed their record to 17-0 behind Jovon Miller’s 20 points and 19 apiece from Josh Grimard and Paul Rowley in a 75-43 victory against Woodgrove.
The number of points No. 6 North Point is averaging this season after Wednesday’s 116-63 win against Great Mills. The 14-1 Eagles have scored 100-plus points in six games and are beating their opponents by an average margin of 40.4 points.
— A rash of ACL injuries has sidelined a shocking number of local girls basketball players this past year. Post reporter Preston Williams explores why this may be happening in this insightful feature.
— Check out the Post’s latest individual and team wrestling rankings.
— Glenelg Coach Chip Harrison and his son, Tyler, have the Gladiators hockey team on a roll.
— Former Quince Orchard offensive coordinator Joshua Klotz has been named Richard Montgomery’s new head football coach.
Madison’s Kelly Koshuta and Megan Henshaw and Georgetown Day star Zoe Beard-Fails discuss the frustrating process of rehabbing from an ACL tear.
First place in the Interstate Athletic Conference will be on the line in this contest. Both teams are 4-0 in the IAC, with Bullis riding a 10-game win streak and the Little Hoyas victorious in seven of their last eight games.