Hot off the signing of import Jay Bowie, the Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants have finalised their restricted player list for the upcoming season with the signing of American recruit Marquis Salmon.
Salmon, a 204cm (6’8”) forward/centre from Los Angeles in California joins the Giants after completing his college basketball career earlier this year and will be embarking on his first professional basketball stint.
After playing at East Los Angeles Community College in 2014 and Wagner University (NCAA D1) between 2015 and 2017, he transferred to Texas Southern University (NCAA D1) for his Senior year in 2017-18 where he averaged 5.1 points at 60% and hauling in 6.2 rebounds in just 19 minutes a game.
When given the opportunity to play, Salmon excelled at both ends of the court, registering double digit points and rebounds in numerous games, including a season high 23 rebounds which equalled the most rebounds in a the NCAA Division 1 game for the 2017-2018 season.
With his signing with the Giants being the first in his professional career, Salmon is keen to show Giants team mates, fans and the SBL what he’s made of.
“As a player I see myself as someone who do a little bit of everything on the court, pass, dribble, score, defend and rebound” Salmon said.
“ I’m trying to work on the complete aspect of my game as much as possible.”
“I fit in with the modern day game as the hybrid four-man type, as I can put it on the floor, get in the post, shoot the pick and pop and even guard most positions.”
“As a team mate I’m very easy going, a bit energetic and I love seeing the success for others as well as myself. I hope to bring the energy and my skill set in which ever way possible to win games this season”
“I’m working hard currently, staying in shape, getting in the weight room, some beach workouts and plenty of court work. I hope Australia accepts me with open arms, I’m excited to be there and start winning some games for the Giants!”
Giants head coach Wayne Creek echoed the sentiments of Salmon in regards to his recruitment.
“Marquis looks like an ideal fit for our current team make-up. He’s a tough rebounder and defender, has good size and should anchor that middle for us for the season.”
“He’s high energy and should fit in well alongside our new and returning players. I think Giants fans will really love him and what he brings to the club”
Salmon is due to arrive in the Goldfields in early February in preparation for the upcoming 2019 season which gets underway on the 16th of March.
Date Of Birth: 8th April, 1994 (24 years old)
From: Los Angeles, California (USA)
Height: 204cm (6’8″)
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: Texas Southern University (NCAA Division I)
2013-14 Utah Valley University (NCAA Division I) – Redshirt DNP
2014-15 East Los Angeles Community College (CCCAA)
2015-17 Wagner University (NCAA Division I)
2017-18 Texas Southern University (NCAA Division I)
Marquis Salmon – Utah Valley University Player Bio
Marquis Salmon – East Los Angeles Community College Player Bio
Marquis Salmon – Wagner University Player Bio
Marquis Salmon – Texas Southern University Player Bio
Marquis Salmon – ESPN.com Player Bio
Marquis Salmon – RealGM Player Bio
Marquis Salmon – Texas Southern University 2017-18 Highlight Video