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Niagara men’s basketball signs Marcus Hammond to NLI


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The Niagara University men's basketball program has added Marcus Hammond, a 6-foot-1 guard from Queens, N.Y., to its incoming recruiting class.
"Marcus has had a very successful high school career and his best basketball is ahead of him," head coach Chris Casey said. "He will play both guard positions here at Niagara.  Marcus shoots the three-pointer with range and is very adept at passing the ball and getting his teammates involved.  We look forward to his contributions to our team next season"
Hammond played high school basketball at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, N.Y. He helped lead the Cardozo High Judges to a 30-2 mark this past season, while averaging 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the regular season. In the playoffs, Hammond continued to be a dynamic force, averaging 17 points, six assists and four rebounds per game in the postseason.
On Feb. 17, Hammond recorded 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds en route to leading his team to a 64-55 victory in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Queens Borough championship game. A month later on March 17, Hammond followed that performance with 21 points, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range, and five rebounds in the PSAL AA Championship, where Cardozo fell at the Barclays Center to Brooklyn-based South Shore, 78-66.
Hammond will bring further offensive talent to the Purple Eagles backcourt, after shooting 42% (68-162) from beyond the arc this season. He also recorded six double-doubles last season, recording at least 11 assists in each of those contests.

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