Posted On: 12/27/17 6:00 AM
Division II programs shifting their recruiting focus to the 2019 class should closely monitor Olentangy 5’10” point guard Sean Marks. Ohio Dominican and Hillsdale are early to the party.
“Ohio Dominican started this summer. They called my AAU coach and let him know that they were interested. And then I went to some summer stuff that they had, like camps,” Marks said. “Hillsdale, I just got a letter recently — a week ago, maybe.”
Marks is hoping to elevate his game to the Division I level, however.
“I’d want to go D-I obviously, if I have the chance to do that,” Marks said.
Academics will also play a key role in his eventual decision.
“I’m looking into maybe becoming either physical [therapist] or a teacher or a coach … Physical therapy, I like how the body works, I guess. So it’d be cool to work with athletes since I’ve grown up being an athlete. Teacher and coach, I kind of want to come back to Olentangy and coach, so I’ve thought about that,” he explained.
The 3.96 GPA student (24 ACT score) believes that scoring in the painted area is important for his development.
“Something I need to improve on is finishing around the rim … I worked on [a floater] a lot this summer. I didn’t really have that in my game,” Marks said.
His spectacular shooting ability opens up the lane for opportunities at the basket. Marks is smart with his pump-fake, often side-stepping for a 3-pointer or pulling up in the mid-range.
“I’d say creating shots for others is what I’m best at. Shooting, I can shoot it well. I’d say that’s my two better things. I can handle it pretty well,” Marks said.
Marks is seeing the court from a different perspective this season for Olentangy, where they need him to be their primary scorer. Six games into the season, Marks is averaging 23.8 points per game and making it look natural. Yet, he sees himself as a pass-first point guard at the collegiate level.
“I think at the next level, I’ll be more of a point guard position, not really as much of a scorer, I would say. Especially with my height, they’ll just look for me to create for my teammates,” Marks said.
Regardless, his shooting off the catch and the dribble is an asset. He’s efficient as a scorer, meaning he won’t kill possessions by doing too much with the ball.
— Sean Marks (@sean_marks_13) March 23, 2017
Olentangy is taking a three-game trip to Disney World coming up Dec. 28 and Dec. 29. The next game in Ohio for the 3-3 Braves will be at Olentangy Orange Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.