Highly Ranked Jr. PG Considering Hokies

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Vance (Charlotte, NC) head coach Will Robinson had heard about Marquis Rankin heading into the 2007/2008 season. Rankin, then a rising freshman, didn’t disappoint.

“Three days into open gym that year, I told an assistant, ‘I think we’ve got something special,'” Robinson said. “We loved him from day one because of his work ethic. He’s coachable and talented.”

Two years later, the 6-0, 170-pound point guard has become one of the most highly regarded prospects in the 2011 class. He is ranked #23 overall in the nation by Scout.com and #26 in the country by Rivals.com. Both recruiting networks rate Rankin a 4-star prospect. Robinson considers Rankin a high quality person and player.

“He’s a great kid. He’s great to be around,” Robinson said. “He’s quiet, but he’s personable. He is a humble young man. The teachers around here had no idea how highly regarded a player he is. Overall, though, his personal demeanor is quite the opposite on the court. He is extremely competitive and you notice it out on the court.

“On the court, he is extremely athletic. He has what a lot of guards don’t have, which is a second motor. He can take his speed to overdrive. He plays above the rim. He is a pretty savvy player. He is a tremendous defensive player at the guard spot. He enjoys a defensive challenge.”

Rankin is averaging 11 points, six assists and two-and-a-half steals per game so far this season. He can score but prefers to set up his teammates.

“I would say he is a prototypical point guard,” Robinson said. “He is a pass-first kid who has the ability to score. He is dangerous in the open court. I think today’s point guard scores first, but if I had to think of how to characterize Marquis, I’d say he is a pass-first player.”

Clemson, Louisiana Tech,, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have offered Rankin, who is also being pursued by UNC. The Vance star has visited all of the schools mentioned, Robinson says, and has a probable timetable for when a commitment will be made.

“He’s probably going to commit at the end of the season in April,” Robinson said. “That’s in the plans right now. Unless something changes, I expect