Friars Sign Marcus Douthit To National Letter-Of-Intent

    Nov. 18, 1999

    Providence, R.I. - Providence College basketball coach Tim Welsh announced today that New York prep standout Marcus Douthit has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Providence College for the 2000-2001 school year.

    Douthit (pronounced Dow-thit) is a 6-10, 215-pound forward/center from Syracuse, New York who will play his final season of prep basketball at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is the same school that sent junior Jamaal Camah and freshman Marcus Jefferson to the Friars.

    Last season, Douthit played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in New Britian, Connecticut where he averaged 18 points per game to go with 15 rebounds and four blocks per contest.

    In making the announcement, Welsh said, "We are very excited to have Marcus join our program. He is one of the most skilled high school players that I have seen and he's got the skills that fit our style of play."

    "Marcus runs the court very well and handles the ball well for a big man. He's not a back-to-the basket player, he's a face-up player which is what makes him perfect for our style of play," commented Welsh. He added, "He's also a tremendous shot blocker who has great timing and makes it difficult for people to score over him."

    Douthit gives PC an impressive frontline for next season with Karim Shabazz (7-2) and David Murray (6-9) who will both be seniors. He selected Providence over Villanova and Syracuse. He has been rated as one of the top two prep school players in New England this season.