2012 Intro: DeJuan Marrero

  • 06/03/2010 10:31 pm in

The Essentials: 6-5, 205-lb forward for Bowman Academy and Spiece Indy Heat

The Schools: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue have offered scholarships. Florida, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan and Xavier have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 17.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg for Bowman Academy, which won the Class A state championship.

The Leaders: Long considered to be a Purdue-lean, the Boilermakers, Illinois and Ohio State are believed to be the three schools in the best shape with Marrero, who has not named a leader publicly.

The Quote: “It is cool. I know they are two big rival schools, and knowing I have Indiana and Purdue shows me that my hard work has paid off. It is great to have two great schools recruiting me.” – Marrero to Brian Snow of Rivals.com on being recruited by Indiana and Purdue.

The Ranking: The Hoop Scoop ranks Marrero the 38th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Video Interview (courtesy of Daniel Poneman):

Marrero video highlights from the state championship game are after the jump …

The Video Highlights:

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  • Bucky

    Alex and team: thank you for all these outstanding intros to recruits. Terrific work.

  • BaseballBuc

    Having seen Marrero play many times, I can say he's a very interesting prospect. Pros far outweigh the cons at this point.

    +good athlete
    +very good rebounder
    +runs the floor
    +extremely good footwork and handle for his size
    +crafty (he's able to manuever in traffic and get a shot off better than any high school player I've seen)
    +solid defender saying that he competes against bigger fowards

    -too small for a foward and not a good enough shooter to be a 3 yet
    -needs to gain strength
    -maybe the biggest con is that he is from Gary, an area of Northwest Indiana that is dominated recruiting wise by PU.

  • hoosierfan2

    There are a lot 2012 recruits ad rather have before Marrero, regardless of where he's ranked. I realize that he is a very good athlete and has produced in high school (although against inferior class A competition), the fact is, he's a 6'5″ post player. If IU is gonna go for an undersized post player, go for Dawson (though I'm not sold on him either). Marrero is very low on my 2012 wish list behind Patterson, Perea, DSR, Harris, Jurkin, Yogi, Hammons, Hollowell, and maybe even T.J. Bell.

  • Kelin Blab

    I like My man Mitch also (too ez)….he seems to be part Bobby C, but better athlete and with some handle. The love for the 3 concerns me, the size does not, and the ball handling is a plus.

  • Kelin Blab

    What I like about Marrerro:
    + Tough player, not the biggest but still goes to the glass like he is
    + Plays hard and plays with confidence
    + He has more upside to me than Hollowell or Bell. Could end up 6'7ish and very long

    Unfortunately for him, he is in a class where there are alot of options and the IU needs are not on the wing as much. However I would not be upset if he committed to IU and opens the region back up to us.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yeah, not sure if he'll end up at IU simply b/c of all the wings we already have. Unless he grows another couple of inches, he's a 'tweener at his size (he weighs more than Peter Jurkin!)… 6'7″ would make him more of a “combo forward” a la Watford.

  • I'll add one thought here on the tweener comment: I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock into it if Marrero continues to play with his current level intensity. The times I've watched him play, he's absolutely dominated his opposition in that aspect of the game. If you're a fan of effort and intensity, Marrero brings it.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Thanks Alex! I've never seen him play live, so I was basing that completely off of the videos (in which he looked like he was playing hard, but also not playing against anybody taller). I'll take your word for it … and I'll cross my fingers and hope he doesn't go to Purdue.

  • No problem. Overall, I'd probably take a kid who, although he may not have a defined position, absolutely brings it over a kid that can be called a true “3” or a true “4”. But that's just me.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    No, I'm with you; it's hard to put a price tag on hustle and intensity (so-called “X factors”)… which is why A.J. Moye is one of my all-time Hoosiers. He was a total tweener, but he got after it every single time. His block of Carlos Boozer in the 2002 NCAA tournament is in my top 5 favorite IU plays ever (I wasn't alive for the '76 team, and missed the '81 team by a year). I'd take a dozen A.J. Moyes on my team (in spirit) over the John Walls and the Derrick Cousins' of the world. I never liked Tyler Hansborough, but he showed what you can do with determination even if you're not an NBA lottery pick.

  • GFDave

    It would be nice to break through with some Region kids. There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't be able to get at least some players from there. I know PUke will always have a natural geographic advantage, but that doesn't have to mean that we get shut out.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Seriously, this 2012 class is absolutely…freakin'…loaded.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If we can't land Zeller, it sounds like we'd have a decent back-up from “the region” (if he can get his grades up):
    and also:
    (not that those blogs are the final authority, but it makes me feel a little better about him as our Zeller plan B)

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    We just have to find the guy that took Eric Bledsoe's online classes in Biology and Algebra 3 (and got an A in both!), and then get JerryCT and Kelin and the rest of the guys that are talking about an ITH scholarship to donate a little of that money to cover the cost of the online courses for Mitch (and the guy who's going to be “Mitch” on the internet).

  • runelord

    I'm sure that I missed the boat, so to speak, on this but what happened to the Mr. Basketball from Minnesota? Did he commit to Northwestern or did IU just go in a different direction?

  • BaseballBuc

    I've heard a lot about him playing an easy schedule. With the exception of the state tournament I assure you that he played a lot more games against 3a and 4a opponents than he did 1a.
    Here was Bowman's schedule from this year.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'm not concerned about his love for the 3 … it's AAU. As long as he can hit at a decent clip (35-40%), I think Crean will let him take it. Plus, at 6'10″, he could start at the 5, and having a 5 that would force his man to follow him out to the arc would open up the lane for VJ3, Creek, VO, Watford, etc. I'm not saying I want our center to jack up the 3ball all day long, but that ability makes us more dangerous (Wisconsin's big guys seem like they can *always* step out for a long rang J).

    I also love the fact that he weighs 40 more pounds than Zeller, but seemingly has roughly the same speed. He's looking to put on more muscle too, which means we may have a guy that could dislodge Pritchard from the block (although that might make JerryCT cry).

    And while I don't place an inordinate amount of importance on rankings, the fact that Rivals put Mitch at #101–despite the fact that he missed all but 10 games of his junior season–speaks a lot of what they think of his potential.

  • Kelin Blab

    I commend Crean for his recruiting….I don't think anyone would be to upset if we didn't get
    Zeller but got Mitch….if we didn't get Davis but got A.Thomas, Nic Moore, Tharpe etc. There will be no Kyrie Irving situtations this year hopefully…

    Mitch is a big boy with alot of Zeller attributes. Could you imagine a pick and roll with Mitch, not rolling VO driving and kicking it out to him for a three….not bad, or VO rolling and dunking on….Travis Caroll of Purdue.

  • Kelin Blab

    Has not committed, IU went in another direction. I think Iowa is still looking at him at least

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I like any gameplan that has a Hoosier dunking on a Boiler, but a pick-and-roll with a big man that can hit a long jumper (and could maybe dribble drive) is more dangerous than any screen set by TP, no matter how thunderous.

    I know the name “Zeller” would be big, but I still think we'll survive if we don't land him (but that's assuming we catch some of the big fish in the 2012 pond–but since there are so many fish in that pond, I think it's not a matter of “if” but “when” (sounds like Patterson wants to make a decision by the end of summer).

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I haven't heard that he's committed to NW yet, but that's his only offer according to Rivals… although I know Iowa's been in the mix and the new Iowa coach said he still wants to sign 2 more players before the start of the 2010 season.

    After IU signed Guy, there wasn't a scholarship open for Noreen, so he canceled his visit.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'm also not worried about Mitch's grades … I bet Howard, our new walk-on, could tutor him.

  • GFDave

    Mitch wants to be a Hoosier. That's good and I think he's got enough game, but will his grades let him? It would be nice to have him as a viable backup candidate to Zeller.


    When he was saying a little someting about each school that the interviewer asks him about and he threw pee U out there ( around the 3:20 mark I believe) he said that his high school coach went to pee U and that he will probably follow his footsteps to there. Doesn't sound like we have much of a shot with him if I am understanding him correctly in his comment about pee U.

  • Outoftheloop

    Alex this is a great series of profiles you are doing. Keep up the good work!

  • walton

    – Daniel Poneman does a great job from the little I have seen with his interviews and such. Another good piece – push some love IU's way when you get a chance D.

    – The kid definitely looks like a baller and I am not sure where you could go wrong recruiting someone like him. Sometimes people put way to much emphasis on size and position. He looks determined to do what it takes to get better and possibly to another level – and that determination usually does wonders.

    – What's up with other stadiums being called Assembly Hall? I hate that Illinois of all places has the same name arena as Indiana.

    – Great job ITH – keep it up!

  • hoosierclarion

    This young man is the perfect start to IU recruiting and taking players from the region. IU needs to work with consistency in PUke's backyard.

  • BaseballBuc

    Alex, I don't know if anyone else is having problems with this new layout. But, I am having trouble logging in. I have to keep refreshing the page because after I put my username and password in it just keeps loading but doesn't actually log me in. It's probably just my computer, and there probably isn't anything you can do about it but I thought I would let you know.

  • marcusgresham

    I have trouble posting a comment on any computer other than mine at home—-you're going to force me to actually do my job and stuff!

  • marcusgresham

    I didn't watch the interview video, so I just wondered if anyone could explain why he's sitting there with Doogie Howser's friend, Vinnie.

  • tg1438

    I agree with many of you, there is too much emphasis on where guys play and their size or how they project into the NBA. That's all great, but I'm more worried about getting great basketball players. I look back at the 2002 team and there were no great pros, Jeffries has been in the league since, but hasn't done a lot. And if you even look at the team we lost to, Maryland and they produced no real great NBA players from that team (Juan Dixon was a serviceable backup for a few years). The college game is way different, and you can win with guys like AJ Moye playing good minutes, and other talented players as well. Do you an NBA player or 2, maybe, but they don't need to project to be stars. If all we got were 5 star recruits we wouldn't have enough balls to go around.

    Now saying that, there are other guys in this class I like more. I wasn't a big fan of TJ Bell in his video, but DSR, Perea, Patterson, and Harris are STUDS, and I'd take any of them. Then throw in great players like Hollowell, Jurkin, Hammons, or Kaminsky and we are set (hopefully with that lot we have enough balls to go around).

  • What browser are you using? Just curious.

    Try logging in at disqus.com and then come onto the site.

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  • Diesel

    Had me rolling, very funny.

  • Kelin Blab

    I know who took Eric Bledsoe's online classes for him….Derrick Rose (OUCH)

  • BaseballBuc

    I use regular internet explorer but I might switch to firefox. I went to disqus.com and I was already signed in, but when I came back to this site I had to login. When I put my username and password in it just doesn't load. The little loading wheel just keeps spinning lol. I had to refresh a couple times. Weird, I know.

  • Kelin Blab

    Switched to firefox about three weeks ago finally……10 times faster than IE, not sure what took me so long to switch. Do it and don't look back….

  • TexasHoosier

    PhD, I absolutely agree with you about Moye and getting guys like him. “The Block” is one of my all time favorties as well. In fact it was one of the final cuts for the Sports Illustrated cover that week. I found a picture of it one time online and didn't buy. I can't seem to find it again and keep kicking myself over it. Does anyone know where I can find this rare gem?

  • Google Chrome is solid too.

  • aceman07

    You must just be a little slow Kelin. Most of us in the 21st century have been using Firefox for years. I am a Mac-man and I still use it instead of Safari.

  • Google Chrome is solid too.

  • Kelin Blab

    never had a reason to change but glad I did…..
    Not that slow I ran a 5.2 40 time in high school…..maybe thats why I quit football….

  • Will we ever see you deviate from Kelin Blab? Maybe Kelin Jobe? Kelin Lindeman? Kelin Benson? Kelin Newton? Kelin Mandeville? Kelin Dinc? The possibilities are endless.

  • marcusgresham

    I like the nice ring of Kelin Pelkowski

  • Kelin Blab

    Alex….I did consider it earlier this year, being motivated by Lebron and Kobe changing numbers, I figured my ITH legacy and fans would adapt. I just haven't found that catchy name as you mentioned the options are endless…..it can't be to superstarish like Kelin Gordon but not to bench warmerish either like Kelin Ahfeld.

    In the spirit of the newly named crimson guard and with your blessing….maybe we do a poll and I will narrow it down to three names including blab and go with the winner to be unveiled prior to the season.

    Maybe kelin smith, named after guy who will always be a hoosier Josh Smith of the Atlanta hawks. (That was the beginning of the end of mike davis along with “help is on the way”)

  • Outoftheloop

    You might rethink on “Ahfeld”. I really loved the way Adam and Brett Finkelmeier surged off the bench to greet their teammates coming off the floor for timeouts and game stoppages. They had an infectious enthusiasm and joy in just being on the team and doing whatever they could. I am sure that they enhanced the team GPA. They will both be great ambassadors for IU and the basketball program as doctor and dentist, respectively, in the State of Indiana, for years to come. There are much worse legacies for self-identification! But what about (Walt) Bellamy, or just “the Bell” or “the Big Bell”? I think that “Kelin The Bell” has a nice RING!

  • aceman07

    Who was the Russian Juco IU had for a couple years back about 10-15 years ago? I can't remember his name but I remember he'd bang and play with a bloody broken nose if need be and wasn't terrible. Help me out here because it may be a decent name for Kelin!

  • aceman07

    Depends, were you a lineman? HA

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