Mater Dei's Marcel Jones to Play for Jay John

Nov. 13, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Marcel Jones, a 6-foot-7 guard from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball at Oregon State University, Beaver head coach Jay John announced Thursday.

Jones averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and shot .548 from the field last season as a junior. He led Mater Dei to a 35-2 record and the California Interscholastic Federation title. Jones played on the team with current Division I players D.J. Strawberry of Maryland and Wesley Washington of Minnesota. Current teammate Chris Henry has committed to Washington State.

'We entered the recruiting period wanting to get a big wing player with a tremendous amount of skill; we've done that in Marcel Jones,' John said. 'He can shoot the ball, he can rebound, and he can play the point guard position if needed. He is just an overall good athlete.'

Jones started eight of 35 games last season and was among the team leaders for overall minutes with 547. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.

'Marcel improves our program immediately,' John said. 'He played for a great coach (Gary McKnight) in a great program. Marcel creates some match-up problems for other teams because of his size at the two-guard position. He is a real valuable addition to the program.

'Marcel is used to winning and competing at the highest level of high school basketball,' John added. 'He is accustomed to daily competition and winning, and that is a big asset for a young player entering a college program.'

The early signing period extends through Nov. 19. The spring signing period is April 14-May 19. Oregon State officials do not expect to sign another prospect during the current fall period.

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