SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A little bit of school sports history was made today at Allan Hancock College. Inside Joe White Memorial Gymnasium, basketball star Marcellus Garrick signed a National Letter of Intent with Cal Poly.
With his signature on the line, Garrick became the first ever Hancock basketball player to receive a Division I scholarship from Cal Poly. Cal Poly moved to Division I in 1994.
“There are no words to describe how I feel,” said Garrick. “Cal Poly has been my dream school ever since I moved to the Central Coast. The coaches there believe in me, and think I can be a great fit. It’s also an incredible school academically and will keep me close to Santa Maria, which has become my second home.”
The 6-4 guard will arrive in San Luis Obispo after a fantastic sophomore season. During the 2016-17 campaing, Garrick led the Bulldogs in scoring at 15.9 points per game. During conference play, he was the second leading scoring in the league, averaging 20.3 points per game.
For his efforts, he was named to the All-Western State Conference First Team.
“Marcellus’ story is a great one,” said Hancock head coach Tyson Aye. “He had no full-scholarship offers out of high school and came to Allan Hancock College with a dream and a purpose. He fully believed in and trusted his coaches and did everything asked of him with an exemplary attitude and effort on the court, the weight room, and in the classroom. In doing so, he made the Dean’s List this past semester, and I’m proud to say he signed with his dream school.”
Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero praised Garrick's high-energy style of play, noting he plays effectively at both ends of the court.
“Marcellus can play all perimeter positions and compete offensively and defensively,” Callero said. “His positive attitude and toughness will be a great compliment to our team. We’re fortunate he decided to stay on the Central Coast to continue his basketball career.”
A native of South Carolina, Garrick will earn an associate degree in film and video production from Hancock next month. He said he is planning to major in sports management at Cal Poly.
Garrick will be eligible to play for the Mustangs immediately. With several players leaving the team last season due to graduation, Garrick has the opportunity to contribute right away.
“The coaches say they like the competitiveness level I bring to the team and have a chance to compete for a starting position,” said Garrick. “I loved being in Mott Gym even when it was empty. I can’t imagine what it will be like to play there when it’s packed.”
Cal Poly finished just 11-20 overall last season, 6-10 in the Big West Conference. After earning its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, Cal Poly has struggled with a combined overall record of 34-56 since .
With Garrick coming aboard, plus with a few more new additions, the Mustangs are hoping for a big bounce back in 2017-18 season.