Monarchs Sign Marsharee Neely From Greensboro, NC.

November 10, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 10, 2005

NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced the signing of Marsharee Neely, a 6-2, 180 guard from Page High School in Greensboro, NC. to a letter-of- intent.

"We are very pleased with the signing of Marsharee Neely," said Blaine Taylor, the 2005 CAA Coach of the Year. "We identified him early as a guy that would fit our program to a "T". Marsharee is a combo guard who has very good defensive and decision making skills. He is very athletic which allows him to rebound and get up the floor. We believe he will be a wonderful teammate."

As a junior Neely earned first team All-Metro Conference honors. He was named All-Area and All-City, and to the GREENSBORO NEWS RECORD All-Area squad. He averaged 18.1 points 8.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists for head coach Robert Kent at Page High. Neely shot 42 percent from the three-point line and hit .707 from the free throw line. Neely hit the game winning shot in a second round win against Davie County. He scored 20 points in that game.

"Marsharee is a pleasure to coach," said Kent. "He is very athletic and makes good decisions on the court, but even more important he is a total team player. He is unselfish and wants to do whatever it takes to help his team win."

Page High School compiled a 18-9 record, finished second in the Metro Conference and reached the final 16 of the State 4A tournament.

"Old Dominion was the perfect fit for me, said Neely." The arena, the campus and area is a great spot and not that far away from home. I just wanted to be a part the a fine program and help them continue to grow with the tradition they are building."

"Marsharee's long range future is very bright and yet with the graduation of Isaiah Hunter, I believe his presence could be felt early on. He comes from a wonderful family who will enjoy following his career at ODU. He has played for a long time high school coach who has given him the foundation to continue to mature and grow as he works towards his degree," adds Taylor.

Neely played AAU ball last summer for the North Carolina Gators. He was selected to the All-Tournament squad at the Bob Gibbons AAU tournament. in Chapel Hill, NC. Neely is the son of Marvette Humphries.

ODU was 28-6 last year, winning the Colonial Athletic Association crown and advancing to the NCAA tournament. The Monarchs are again favorites to win the League title and have been ranked as high as 21st in various pre-season basketball magazines.