Last summer the biggest basketball news was the development of the Westwind Prep Academy.
The school was no longer going to fall under the Arizona Interscholastic Association so the coaches could openly recruit high school players.
It led to the Desert Vista losing two of their top players as John Marshall and Connor MacDougall decided to leave the Thunder program for the exposure of playing a national schedule.
So how did it turn out for the ex-Thunder tandem?
Marshall, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard, committed to Southern Utah in November and will head to campus this fall after averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 assists and three steals per game while knocking down 85 percent of his free throws.
“John is an excellent floor leader and competes to win at both ends of the court," Southern Utah coach Nick Robinson said on the team’s web site. "We are excited to welcome John and his family to the Thunderbird program."
Marshall added: "I'm really excited to sign at Southern Utah," Marshall said. "I really liked the program when I came on my visit. I had an immediate connection with the coaches and I really liked the school. Cedar City is a beautiful place, and the campus is really nice. I had a good vibe when I was there and decided it was the place for me."
MacDougall junior year at Westwind was cut short in January after averaging 14 points and eight rebounds for Westwind’s national team. The reason behind the decision to leave from Westwind was explained only as non-school or basketball reasons but for family related issues.
He ended up at two-time defending state champion Corona del Sol and last we heard it was still unclear whether or not he will be eligible to play for the Aztecs this winter.
Whether he does or not, MacDougall already has committed to Arizona State for the 2014-15 season.
While there were many who criticized their decision to leave the Thunder program, both have achieved their goal of earning college scholarships.
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