Marcus Ottey Becomes UIC's 5th Recruit In 2016

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

April 13, 2016

8:00 P.M. CST

From the moment that he took the job, University Of Illinois At Chicago head coach Steve McClain said that recruiting would not be an issue.  Based on the results thus far, all we can say is that he and his staff have certainly lived up to that promise and then some.

McClain and the Flames have truly reaped the rewards when it comes to their 2016 recruiting class, with their latest pledge coming from 6'1 guard Marcus Ottey from SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH.  Ottey chose UIC over offers from Cincinnati and Nebraska.  He has signed his letter of intent, which he sent in today.

The reason why UIC was able to beat out a couple of high majors for Ottey's services was simple--they recruited him the longest and the hardest.  Ottey took his official visit to UIC last November and since that time the Flames staff continued to be relentless in their pursuit.  In addition to McClain, assistant coaches Ronald "Chin" Coleman and Brendan Mullins were instrumental in securing Ottey's commitment, once again proving their worth as recruiters.

"Above all else, it was the level of trust that the staff put in me from the beginning and their confidence in me being able to help them get to the next level," Ottey indicated.  "They told me that if I just be myself, a great opportunity awaits me."

Ottey's decision was also aided by the fact that he has close ties with two of UIC's other two 2016 signees.  Jordan Blount is his high school teammate at SPIRE, while Godwin Boahen played alongside him on the Canada Elite travel team.  While Ottey said that neither Blount nor Boahen talked to him much with respect to trying to influence his decision, the familiarity they have with one another definitely helped.

"I consider having Jordan and Godwin with me at UIC an added bonus," said Ottey.  The familiarity will help build a strong team chemistry and make it easier for us going forward."

Ottey describes himself as a scorer first and foremost, and with good reason.  This evident by the 38 points he put up against Brewster Academy in the National Prep Showcase early this past season.  But that is not all--he also sports a 6'7 wing span which is a huge benefit to him at the defensive end and excels at getting to the rim. 

Ottey is the fifth recruit in the 2016 class for McClain and the Flames.  He joins Blount, Boahen, 6'4 wing Tarkus Ferguson from Althoff Catholic in Belleville, IL and 6'8 wing forward K.J. Santos from Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, KS.  If we haven't pounded the point home already, allow us to do so one more time--great times are ahead for UIC!  

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