Three members of Hinds Bulldogs basketball program, which include: Dontrell McQuarter, Ladarius Marshall, and Peyton Taylor, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their basketball and academic careers at the NCAA Division One Level.
All three sophomores were crucial for the Hinds Bulldogs in their historic 2019-2020 season where they racked up 16 total wins, finished just two games away from the NJCAA Men’s Division One Basketball Championship, and won their first MACJC State tournament game and first NJCAA Region 23 tournament game in over a decade.
Dontrell McQuarter signed with the Rider University Broncos.
In the 2019-2020 season, McQuarter started all 25 games for Hinds and led the team in multiple categories including: games started (25), total points scored (375), points per game (15.0), free throws made (85), and free throws attempted (120). McQuarter also tallied 151 rebounds, 72 assists, 25 steals, and blocked 13 shots. On top of being named to 2019-2020 NJCAA Region XXIII Men’s All-Region team, McQuarter was named MACJC First Team All-State, and was a member of the NJCAA Region XXIII All-Tournament Team.
“I’d like to give the honor to God for blessing me with this opportunity, despite the obstacles that stood in the way. I want to thank my family and loved ones who believed in me even when I doubted myself. I also want to thank all my former coaches, teammates, and the entire Hinds community. Lastly, I want to thank Coach Fitzgerald who became more than a coach to me these past two years. He gave me the only thing I could ever ask for from a head coach, his trust,” said McQuarter.
Ladarius Marshall signed with the University of New Orleans Privateers.
Marshall finished the 2019-2020 season with an average of 11.0 points per game, shot 57.2% from the field, and 72.3% from the free-throw line. Marshall collected a team-leading 186 rebounds and 62 blocked shots. He also collected 14 steals and had nine assists.
“I want to first thank God for everything. Without him I wouldn’t be the person and player I am today. I am glad that he led me to a great place like Hinds and put me around a great coaching staff and group of people. I also want to thank all of my coaches for always being there for me. Last but not least, I want to thank my mom and my family for supporting me since day one. I’m looking forward to this great opportunity at the University of New Orleans,” said Marshall.
Peyton Taylor signed with the Grambling State University Tigers.
Taylor finished the 2019-2020 season with an average of 9.1 points per game and made 41 out of 98 three point attempts (42%). Taylor also collected 24 assists and 14 steals.
“I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent to play the game of basketball. Secondly, I’d like to thank my family and coaches for helping me make this decision. Third, I want to thank my Bulldog family including Coach Nevol, Coach Ferrell, and all my teammates. Lastly, I would like to thank Coach Fitzgerald for giving me a chance to show what I can do when nobody else did,” said Taylor.
(Hinds CC Athletics)