Tuesday, May 21, 2013
'14 PG Bartley planning unofficials
By Reggie Rankin
Marcus Bartley (Decatur, Ill./MacArthur) is a poised for a big summer with the Peoria Irish AAU team.
He’s already having a big spring both on and off the court with a number of high level performances – namely at the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza -- and nearly a dozen schools keeping tabs on him.
Marcus Bartley holds offers from nearly a dozen DI programs.
Bartley reports offers from Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Illinois State, Bradley and Southern Illinois; as well as interest from Iowa, Georgetown, Tennessee. His recruitment has heated up in recent weeks as Minnesota, Georgia Tech and Stanford have also expressed interest.
"College coaches tell me they like the way I get my teammates involved, and that I make the right play at the right time,” Bartley said. (They also like) that I am like a coach on the floor."
With his list of schools growing by the week, the 2014 floor general is starting to think about visits to get a better feel for his suitors .
"I am thinking about going to visit Northwestern unofficially at the end of May and maybe schedule some other visits in June,” said Bartley, who wants to pursue a business degree.
On the court, Bartley is a true point guard with very good length at 6-foot-4 and around 160 pounds. He does a great job of initiating the offense and coaches value his excellent vision, tight handle and passing abilities. The ball never sticks to his hands, evidenced by his six assists a contest to go with the 16 points he averaged as a junior.
In the scoring department, Bartley features a nice midrange pull-up jumper and can hit the open trey when his feet are set. He needs to be more consistent with his shot but he’s already a threat to score. Defensively, Bartley uses his length to pressure and contain the ball. He also does a great job in help and recover situations.
Knowing his style of play, Bartley has identified an offense that will suit him best at the next level.
"I want a coaching staff that I am very comfortable with and that will continue to develop me as a player,” he said. “I want to play uptempo as much as possible. I want to be allowed to push the ball."
Expect more teams that fit that bill will come calling soon enough, joining the pack of schools in the hunt for this promising talent.