St. Anthony (N.J.) senior forward Markis McDuffie visits Wichita State this weekend after putting the Shockers on a final list that includes VCU, Boston College and SMU.
McDuffie (6-foot-7, 175 pounds) is ranked No. 92 nationally by ESPN and a four-star prospect. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star prospect. St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley describes McDuffie as a player who needs finishing as his body fills out, which is one of the reasons WSU appeals to him. Hurley and McDuffie see WSU coach Gregg Marshall and his staff as coaches who are used to working with players because they don’t recruit, as Hurley said, finished products. The same goes for VCU, where McDuffie recently visited.
“A real important thing to him is playing for a coach who is used to taking players and further developing them,” Hurley said. “He is still growing. He’s one of those guys where people really like his upside.”
The story of former Shocker Cleanthony Early, now with the New York Knicks, resonates with McDuffie. Early came from an NJCAA Division III college and found the right fit at WSU. Coaches at a high-profile school in a power conference might not have the patience to get the most out of a player such as McDuffie.
“He wants to go where you’re allowed to develop as a player,” Hurley said.
McDuffie averaged around 14 points for St. Anthony as a junior. Hurley said he can score in many ways and will become a better three-point shooter as he gets stronger. He sees McDuffie as a wing player in college.
“He’s very lean, very skilled for his size,” Hurley said.