By Kevin Connell
When one enters McAlister Field House during basketball season, they will see a player from San Antonio, Texas: Marshall Harris III, the quarterback on the basketball team. He has been a starter for two years going on three, and while there have been many great players in the Bulldogs’ past, I believe that Harris is one that fans should keep an eye on.
The junior point guard went to William H. Taft High School in San Antonio and considered multiple Division I schools like South Alabama, Stephen F. Austin and Santa Clara before he decided on The Citadel. Harris was a two-star recruit, according to ESPN for the Class of 2011, and his team reached the Final Four of Texas 5A Basketball State Tournament. Harris earned three letters in basketball and one in track and field.
Harris had a very productive freshman year here while starting 11 straight games and leading all freshmen in free throws made and attempted (42-of-60). His biggest offensive game was a 14-point effort during the double-overtime loss at Georgia Southern on January 23. Though the Bulldogs lost, Harris showed that he knew what it took to score and from then on, he has started his climb to being a great player.
As a sophomore, he started all 30 games and played 30 minutes or more in 19 of those games. Harris marched his way up to 13th in school history with assists (230) at the conclusion of that season. Harris looks comfortable controlling the team whether it is on the court or off.
Throughout the Corps of Cadets, there is a leadership opportunity for every captain of all our intercollegiate teams. Though there are no true seniors on this year’s team, Coach Chuck Driesell has named Harris the team captain. Only a junior, his rank is Master Sergeant, which is one of the top ranking juniors in the Corps.
“I feel like Marshall can become a great player for us and that he not only wants to score but loves being the point guard of our team and I look forward to coaching him again this season,” said Driesell.
Late this summer the Bulldogs went to Canada and faced some of the best competition that Canada had to offer. They played three games and Harris did a nice job controlling the tempo of the game to what the coaches wanted him to do. Harris and other Bulldogs love to run the floor because they are young and can really push teams to the limit with their fast offense. Matt Van Scyoc is one of Harris’s go-to guys when he is looking to make something happen on offense.
Van Scyoc was a freshman last year and caught the eye of multiple teams with his performances. Harris’s roommate, Ashton Moore, has been right with Harris since the beginning of their knob year. They have become great friends on and off the court, and always look for each other when the offense is looking to score.
The Bulldogs have a competitive schedule for the 2013-14 season. They open with the All-Military Classic at VMI, November 8-12, which also features Army and the Air Force Academy.
Kevin Connell is a pitcher on the baseball team.