Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball standout Marvell Waithe, on Thursday, announced his intentions to sign an NCAA letter of intent with the University of Arkansas.
Waithe’s decision ended a hotly-contested recruiting battle between the Razorbacks and Rutgers University.
“It was a tough decision because Rutgers is close to home,” said Waithe, a native of Toronto, Ontario. “It came down to being more comfortable with Arkansas and feeling that I can go there and contribute immediately.”
Waithe burst onto the scene with 21 points and a TCC-record 23 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Gordon (Ga.) College last season. He later added a 39-point, 21-rebound effort against South Georgia Tech, an NJCAA Tournament participant a year ago.
Waithe finished his freshman campaign averaging 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds en route to a spot on the coaches’ all-Panhandle Conference first-team. He was second-team all-PC pick by league media and earned a spot on the media’s all-freshman team.
Earlier this month, he was named to Basketball Times’ Sweet Sixteen and was a fourth-team Super Sophomore in Sporting News’ 2009-10 College Basketball Yearbook.
With the decision out of the way, Waithe can now devote his attention entirely to the upcoming season, which tips off November 5 when the Eagles host Middle Georgia College in the Wing Zone Tip-Off Classic.
“I can put that (recruiting) on the backburner,” Waithe said. “It’s time for TCC basketball, time to win some ballgames and get us back to ‘Hutch’ (site of the NJCAA Tournament).”
The NCAA’s fall signing period begins November 11.