St. Anthony (N.J.) small forward Markis McDuffie has seen his recruitment heat up in recent months. McDuffie took to Twitter on Sunday night to announce that he had cut his list of colleges to four -- VCU, SMU, Boston College and Wichita State.
Truly Blessed Decided To Cut My List Down To These Four, Thanks For All The Schools That's Been Recruiting Me pic.twitter.com/qV84nmdBmS— Markis McDuffie (@TheRealMcDuff_) September 22, 2014
The 6-foot-7, 185 pounder from New Jersey boasts an impressive offer sheet of more than a dozen programs, including Buffalo, Fordham, Maryland, Penn State, Quinnipiac, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joseph's and St. Peter's. Of the four finalists for McDuffie's services, he completed an official visit to VCU over the weekend and has a planned visit to Wichita State this weekend.
McDuffie recently cracked ESPN's Top 100 as the 92nd best recruit in the 2015 class. He's rated as a four-star recruit according to ESPN, and a three-star per Rivals and 247Sports. Last season, McDuffie averaged 14.4 PPG and 1.8 RPG for St. Anthony, helping the Friars to the Non-Public B championship game.
Brief scouting report from cityofbasketballlove.com from back in April:
Over the last year, McDuffie has gone from a near-unknown to a high-major target, and it's not tough to see why. His size on the perimeter allows him to get his shot off against nearly any defender, and he's a very consistent shooter from beyond the 3-point arc and the mid-range as well. He's still got a lot of work to do in terms of filling out his frame; while he's added some muscle since last summer, there's still easily 15-20 pounds he could add to help him in college.
Head coach Jim Christian has already secured verbal commitments from three players in the 2015 class -- SF A.J. Turner (New Hampton, NH), PG Matt Milon (Oviedo, FL) and SG Jerome Robinson (Raleigh, NC) -- but has plenty of scholarship room available with Dimitri Batten, Aaron Brown, K.C. Caudill, Alex Dragicevich, Eddie Odio, Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson all playing out their final year of eligibility in 2014-15.
Scholarship chart? Scholarship chart.
Assumes: medical redshirts for Hicks and Clifford.