Athlete of the Week: Marqui McKelvey

MARION, SC (WMBF) - The Marion Swamp Foxes have made it to the school's first ever Lower State Title in boy's basketball this season.  Helping lead the squad to their historic run is a junior named Marqui McKelvey, who is just starting to tap into his potential as a player.

"I like big plays, I like to get the crowd excited, like dunks and stuff like that," McKelvey continued "It's hard to say how I'm going to play because I do different stuff every night."

McKelvey helps his team in a number of different ways each night, leading the squad in scoring, rebounds and blocks

What's scary about Marqui is he's only been playing basketball for four years.

"As a little boy I always wanted to play quarterback, I didn't really ever play basketball, but my eighth grade year my mom told me to go try and find a middle school team" continued McKelvey, "So I tried out and that year we went undefeated and won the Pee Dee championship."

Some of what the Marion junior does each time he plays leaves fans, players and coaches with their jaws on the floor, including his head coach John Washington.

"To just watch him grow and watch him mature, that has been a great thing.  He made a move the other night, a spin move, and I told an assistant coach 'I didn't coach that right there,'" said Washington.

With the kind of talent that McKelvey has colleges have already begun knocking at his door.

He's still got a year to figure out where he wants to play on the next level, but for now he's focused on winning two more games with his Marion teammates and bringing the first ever state title back to swamp fox country

"Everybody on this team is like my brother, we've been playing with each other since we were little kids, we've got that bond so we really want to win the state title this year, it would mean a lot."

Marion will be playing North Charleston in the Lower State Final on Saturday afternoon at 3:30.

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