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49ers Sign 6-7 Forward Marcus Bryan
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 08/14/2013
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Charlotte, NC – Charlotte 49ers head coach Alan Major has announced the signing of 6-7 forward Marcus Bryan (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) to play basketball for the 49ers.

“We are extremely excited to have Marcus Bryan join the 49ers basketball family,” Major said. “We have known Ravenscroft Coach Kevin Billerman, who is a former Charlotte assistant coach, and his AAU coaches at Garner Road for a long time. He comes from two terrific programs in that regards. He will give us more depth in the post. He is a player that can shoot the ball and stretch the floor with his skill set.”

Bryan, who was a three-time TISAC All-Conference selection, averaged 17.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as a senior. As a senior, he earned first-team NCISAA All-State honors and was named the TISAC Conference Player of the Year. He finished his career at Ravenscroft as the school’s career leader in rebounds and blocked shots.

As a junior, he averaged 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. As a junior in 2012, he scored 17 points in the state championship game helping Ravenscroft capture their first state championship in 32 years. He also earned All-Tournament honors in every tournament that Ravenscroft played in over his final three years.

“Marcus is one the best players in Ravenscroft history,” said Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman, who was a longtime assistant coach under Jeff Mullins at Charlotte. “Marcus helped Ravenscroft win a school-record 101 games during his four-year career. He was a mainstay in our front court since his freshman year. Marcus is an outstanding young man and a good student. He will be a great addition to the Charlotte 49ers basketball team.”

Bryan also played for one of the top AAU programs in the country in Garner Road. He played AAU basketball with current 49ers Denzel Ingram and Gavin Wilson.

Bryan joins a 49ers recruiting class that includes 6-8 Georgia high school standout forward Cameron Blakely, Florida transfer 6-0 guard Braxton Ogbueze, Clemson transfer 6-7 forward Bernard Sullivan and Tulane transfer 6-2 guard Ben Cherry.

With a young lineup that often featured five freshmen and sophomores on the court, Charlotte went 21-12 last season and earned a post-season berth in the NIT.  It was the 49ers first 20-win season and first post-season appearance since 2008. 


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