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Southern Miss Basketball Signs Dotson, Marshall

Southern Miss Basketball Signs Dotson, Marshall

Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Eustachy

HATTIESBURG, Miss. ? Southern Miss Head Basketball Coach Larry Eustachy has announced the signing of Demar Dotson, a 6-9, 250-pound center from Alexandria (La.) Senior High, and Mekel Marshall, a 6-9, 250-pound center from Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss., to national letters of intent for the 2004-05 academic year. This marks the sixth and seventh signees of the spring signing period.

Dotson was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for Coach Warren Sears at Alexandria, earning all-state honors his last two seasons. As a senior, Dotson led the team to a 17-5 record and a state playoff appearance, averaging 21.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He was a First Team All-District 3-4A member, a First Team Large Schools All-CenLa (Central Louisiana) player by The Alexandria Town Talk and a second team all-state honoree by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Dotson also garnered first team all-district honors and was an honorable mention all-state player after averaging 18.6 points per game as a junior.

"Demar is a tremendous talent that has a lot of potential," Eustachy said. "He has the talent to be an all-league player for us down the road."

Marshall started three seasons for Coach Robert Stewart at Callaway. As a senior, he helped lead the team to an 18-10 record and an appearance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs. Marshall averaged 8.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He started his freshman and sophomore seasons, but sat out his junior season with a knee injury.

"Mekel also has a lot of potential in basketball," Eustachy said. "He has good size, and that will help our team in the future."

The two players mark the seventh and eighth signees for the 2004 Southern Miss signing class. The Golden Eagles signed Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss.), a 6-foot-4 forward from Gulfport High School, during the fall signing period. In the spring period, the program also signed Rashaad Carruth (College Park, Ga.), a 6-foot-3 guard from Indian Hills Community College; Shakiem Mitchell (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a 6-foot-9 forward/center from the Globe Institute of Technology; Dwayne Brown (Kingston, Jamaica), a 6-foot-8 forward from Southeastern Illinois Community College; Michael Ford (Macon, Ga.), a 6-foot-1 guard from Los Angeles Southwest College; and Solomon Brown (Anaheim, Calif.), a 6-foot-2 guard from Los Angeles City College.

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