Marbury signs with Snead State
by LAVONTE YOUNG
SYLACAUGA- Tazz Marbury signed a basketball scholarship with Snead State in Boaz on Monday afternoon in the library on the campus of Sylacauga High School.

“It is a blessing,” Marbury said. “I guess all of my hard work paid off. I would like to thank all of my coaches. Mrs. Lolita Bull, she kept me straight in little league. Bo Franklin, Coach (David) Ball, Coach (Joel) Jones and Coach (Josh) Golden and Coach Jay. They all helped me get to where I am now.”

Marbury said Snead State coach Jay Wellborn played a huge role in him deciding to sign. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard said Wellborn connected to him better than the other coaches he sat down with during the recruiting process.

“The coach just connected with me,” Marbury said. “He told it’s first academics, then it’s basketball. It just connected me from there. I’ve been raised up all my life that academics come first, so it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

Sylacauga head basketball coach Josh Golden is elated that Marbury has the opportunity to get a top of the line education as well as play the game he loves.

“I am so excited for Tazz and his family for the opportunity for him to not only continue playing basketball, but to receive a quality education,” Golden said. “Coach Wellborn was just telling me that Snead is one of the top three academic Junior Colleges in the south. They have strong academic requirements in order for you to be able to play. Tazz, because he has worked hard not only on the court but in the classroom, he got the opportunity to go to a place that is going to help prepare him for the next level not only academically, but in basketball. It is just a result from a lot of hard work and dedication. We are super excited for him as we continue to watch his basketball career progress.”

Snead State head coach Jay Wellborn said Marbury is the kind of kid that really fits into what he is trying to build at Snead.

“I am very glad to have Tazz on the team,” Wellborn said. “I have watched him all year and we were really impressed on how he carried himself, his character and how he grew throughout the year. He was always seeing the best defender on the other team trying to stop him. He was still able to put the ball in the basket on a high percentage. We are looking for percentage shooters and not volume shooters. Tazz is a guy that can do that. I had him up for a workout and I was impressed with him. I had him shoot some afterwards and he went 15 out of 16 from the arc with some press on him basically thinking he got to make shots to get a scholarship. That convinced me. I took a couple of days and really thought about it. I compared him to other kids and ultimately decided on him. Overall academic fit, he is phenomenal because he is really focused on his academics and he has a great ACT score. He really fits what we are trying to build at Snead.”

The All-State shooting guard said he is going to work hard to become the student/athlete he can be while he attends Snead State.

“I am going to put all the hard work that I can,” Marbury said. “I plan on going up there this summer to get a head start on everything and get better the two years I am there.”

Marbury will get a chance to play with two of his teammates from the Sylacauga team that made to the Final Four next season. He said having familiar players up there with him also played a role in him signing to Snead State.

“I get a chance to play against some of my old teammates and I will get a chance to play with two of my old teammates from high school and a couple people that I played with in AAU,” Marbury said. “It just feels like a perfect fit.”

Marbury averaged 17 points per game as a senior at Sylacauga. Golden said he enjoyed his two seasons coaching Marbury and he believes that he is going to really represent Sylacauga in a positive way.

“He was a joy to coach for two years,” Golden said. “His junior year he was the sixth man. He came off the bench and provided a spark for us. He was good enough to start, but we had five seniors. This year, he was our leader. He led us just about every offensive category. He averaged 17 points per game. He led us in assists, and steals. Obviously, he had a lot of big nights including the game at home against Chilton County where he scored 37 points and tied the school record for three pointers with eight. He was not only first team All-County and Player of the Year in the county, he was also the first player in the last three years to be voted as a member of the All-State basketball team. He had a lot of accolades and big moments for us here. The great thing about Tazz is that he could obviously really play basketball, but he is a great kid off the court as well. He gets his class work done and he has strong grades. He is a high character kid and all of his teachers have nothing but good things to say about him. Snead is not only getting a good player, but they are also getting a great kid. He is a great person to represent our program.”

© 2013