Boo Williams is a powerhouse grassroots basketball program. This past summer, they earned a Peach Jam Final Four berth, competing against the best players in the country, in the best league in the country. Boo does a great job of securing local talent, but unfortunately some extremely talented players can get lost in the shadow of their teammates.
Such is the case for Marco Haskins, a role-player for the 2014 Boo Williams EYBL squad. Standing at 6-foot-4 and a gifted scorer, Haskins played limited minutes for the talented squad and has flown under the radar on the recruiting scene. A ‘team’ player in its truest form, Haskins embraced his role on a team that didn’t necessarily need his scoring ability. Limited minutes lead to limited exposure to college coaches, which can ultimately slow down recruitment. In Haskins’ case, it may have slowed it down, but he is simply too good not to be noticed.
Marco is an all-around wing who knows how to play. He isn’t elite in any one skill area, and he’s not a terrific athlete, so that combination has kept his recruitment to the preliminary interest level in most cases. But he has very good size and strength for a 2.
He’s an above-average shooter whose shot-creating ability is improving. He has a really good feel for the game. His ability to make decisions, pass and shoot will give him some perimeter versatility, and his intangibles (winning background and character) only add to his overall package.
There are a lot of positive in his game and not many negatives, and that should ultimately give him options in the Big South and similar levels.
D1’s Alec Kinsky had the chance to sit down with Haskins recently, discussing his time with Boo Williams, his recruitment, and his goals for his final high school season.
Alec Kinsky: Describe your EYBL experience – what was it like running with Boo Williams this year?
Marco Haskins: It was actually a fun and enjoyable learning experience. Even though I didn’t play as much every game, I still enjoyed the experience.
AK: What do you feel you bring to the table as a player? What’s your biggest asset?
MH: I feel I can bring a lot to the table as a player. I can do a variety of different things in different ways. My biggest asset on the court is probably how good I can shoot the ball and score. I also feel I’m a strong rebounder for a guard.
AK: How’s your recruitment been? Any recent interest?
MH: It’s been okay. Just a little recent interest, mainly from Radford and High Point, and a few D2 schools.
AK: That should change. You’re still at Colonial Forge this year, any big goals for your senior year?
MH: I hope it does. And yes, I have a couple of goals this year. Most of all, I want to go out with a bang at Colonial Forge. I just want to have fun and work on becoming a better leader. And of course, compete again for another state ring! We brought one home last season and are looking to do it again.
AK: Back-to-back would be huge…
MH: It’s going to be a challenge too, because a lot of people think the first title was a fluke. So we will definitely show them that it wasn’t.
AK: What were your numbers during your junior season?
MH: I averaged 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and shot 76% from the free throw line.
AK: So you’re a state title winner in Virginia and contending for a second, played all year and contributed to a Peach Jam Final 4 team and AAU Gold Showcase finalist. Aren’t you wondering why you’re not getting more looks?
MH: Yeah, that sounds about right. And yeah, I definitely do. I really wonder why I’m not.
AK: What would you bring to the table for a university? Why should a coach recruit you?
MH: I think I would bring a student who will get his work done in the classroom. My parents have always told me school is before sports. Also, off the court, I wouldn’t make stupid decisions. I am just eager to contribute.