Basketball Signs JUCO All-American Marquel Curtis
April 17, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa has signed junior college All-American Marquel Curtis of Williston State College to a National Letter-of-Intent for the 2013-14 season, TU Head Coach Danny Manning announced Wednesday.
Curtis is a 6'4", 210-pound shooting guard/small forward from Plymouth, Minn., who played two seasons at Williston State. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at Tulsa. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from the NJCAA this season as a sophomore, and was a second-team All-America as a freshman in 2011-12. He scored 1,315 points in his two seasons at WSC.
"Marquel is a talented wing player that will add great savvy to our team," Manning said. "He brings some versatility in that he can play multiple positions. Having played two seasons in junior college, he also brings valuable basketball experience to our team. He played at an All-American performance level at Williston State for Coach Eric Peterson. I've watched Marquel since high school and on the AAU circuit playing for Chris Carr. He is a very quiet and confident young man, and he will be a huge asset off the court for our team, program and university as well."
As a sophomore this season, Curtis averaged 20.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists, while shooting 51 percent from the field. He earned first-team all-conference honors, after leading the Tetons to the Mon-Dak Conference title and a regional championship.
As a freshman in 2011-12, Curtis was a second-team All-America selection after he averaged 22.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Tetons. He set the single season school scoring record with 715 points, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Mon-Dak Conference.
"Marquel is a 6-4 physical guard that can really score the basketball," Williston State Head Coach Eric Peterson said. "He has the ability to score on all three levels. He can score it in the post, he can come off the dribble and shoot it from 15 feet, and he can shoot from the perimeter. He's a scorer, a flat scorer. He's a competitor, a winner and he knows how to get it done. He is a great student and an even better person."
Curtis is the fourth member of Tulsa's 2012-13 signing class, joining three players who signed in the early period in November: 6'10", 225-pound junior college forward Lew Evans, 6'5", 185-pound prep school guard Stevie Repichowski and 6'11", 275-pound high school forward Emmanuel Ezechinonso.
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