California Small Forward Malik Marquetti Commits to USC


Class of 2014 small forward Malik Marquetti has committed to Andy Enfield and the USC Trojans. The high school senior won't be the first person in his family to don the cardinal and gold, as his Uncle Leonel Marquetti played there back in 1978 before transferring to Hampton University. Marquetti plays his high school ball at Long Beach Millikan and runs with the I-Can All-Stars on the AAU circuit. Jordan Hamilton, who now plays small forward for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA, also played for the I-Can All Stars. Marquetti undoubtedly hopes his career path follows Hamilton's. Marquetti, 6'6 190 lbs, is rated three stars on Scout and ESPN, while he remains unranked on both Rivals and 247sports. Aside from USC, he had offers from Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine, and UTEP.


Pay no attention to Malik Marquetti not being ranked at all on a myriad of recruiting sites. The most likely reason he hasn't been rated by Rivals and 247sports is because he hasn't been seen by them yet. Two other sites, ESPN and Scout, have him rated just three stars, but Head Coach Andy Enfield might have landed a highly underrated player in Marquetti. The small forward's skillset is such that it could allow him to come in and make an immediate contribution. He posseses an excellent motor, rarely standing still on either end of the floor. His incredible motor allows him to rebound at a high rate, and he shows excellent instincts and positioning, always seeming to be around the glass when the ball is coming off the rim. Marquetti can pull up and shoot over a defender, but he is at his best slashing through the lane. His smooth handles, eplosiveness off the dribble, and excellent body control allow him to excel at weaving his way to the rim and finishing strong. Marquetti is an athletic freak with great length and leaping ability. His length makes him a defensive terror that is good for multiple steals a game. Marquetti's biggest weakness is his jumpshot. He can hit them, but not with great efficienct because of his unorthodox shot. His shot is also too inconsistent. There is no consistent release every time he shoots, and that's something he will have to work on when he gets to USC if he is going to fulfill his potential. Marquetti also has a slight frame, and he will need to put on some weight in the form of muscle. That shouldn't be a problem when he enrolls in a college strength program. All in all, Marquetti is an underrated recruit that could be a diamond in the rough for USC. 

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Josh Gershon