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Poly grad Marcel Thompson commits to Grambling State

Every college coach recruiting Marcel Thompson told the former Poly star that their team needed him. When the Grambling State staff said it, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard truly believed it.

"After I saw the game they played, I was actually really convinced," Thompson said. "They actually lost a lot of their games by one or two possessions. I was convinced I could help them out a good amount."

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The game in question was Grambling's 58-57 loss to Mississippi Valley State on Senior Night. Thompson, a scoring 2-guard, thought he could have been the difference in that and several of the Tigers' other close losses. With that in mind, Thompson committed to GSU on Thursday.

"I put a lot of stress off now that I have a school to go to. I feel good about it," said Thompson, who also considered Delaware State. "After I went on the visit, I was convinced. I really did like the school."

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This time last year, Thompson had finished up a standout senior season for the Engineers but wasn't sure where he'd go next. He considered a number of junior colleges and prep schools, eventually settling on Coastal Academy in Belmar, N.J.

Between Coastal Academy and the Cecil Kirk AAU program – both places where Archbishop Spalding graduate and current Fairleigh Dickinson standout Earl Potts Jr. starred – Thompson found plenty of exposure to college coaches.

"He stretches the floor and shoots the ball extremely well," said Cecil Kirk coach Anthony Lewis. "He'll have a role next season. A lot of schools with fired coaches (like Delaware) were interested as well."

Thompson picked up the offer from Grambling in January but wanted to wait until the end of his prep season to make a decision. In the meantime, he researched the school and found out that "football was [what Grambling is] known for [and] they needed help in basketball."

"As a freshman, they said they wanted me to come in and wanted me to score," Thompson said. "That's how colleges were recruiting me now. They want me to shoot the ball and score."

Thompson, who plans to major in communications, will join another Baltimore native on the Tigers' roster next year in Chase Cormier, a senior guard from Milford Mill. Thompson said he's excited to be part of what seems to be "more of a community than just a college."

"On the court, I know they can expect me to score with consistency," he said. "Off the court, I'm a good student, very positive and down to earth. I don't have any type of ego. I think it's a good fit."


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