May 17, 2013
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois men's basketball head coach Barry Hinson put the wraps on his spring signing class by adding Marcus Fillyaw, a point guard from Cloud County Community College, who signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Salukis next season.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Topeka, Kan. native will be a sophomore at SIU next season and a front-runner for the starting job vacated by graduating senior point guard Kendal Brown-Surles.
"Marcus is the kind of player who just makes everyone around him better," said Hinson. "He is unselfish, sees the floor extremely well and knows how to run a team. In addition, he's a quality young man and a good student."
In his only season at Cloud County, Fillyaw played in all 32 games and averaged 7.6 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. He shot 37 percent from the field, including 34 percent from 3-point range. The T-Birds finished 15-17 last season and 5-11 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
In high school, Fillyaw was a two-time, first-team All-City Topeka Capital-Journal selection. As the floor leader for Topeka High, he averaged 8.5 points as a senior and helped the team post an 18-7 record and fourth-place finish in the Class 6A state tournament. As a junior, Fillyaw averaged 9.8 points and six assists, while leading the Trojans to a 15-6 record. He was a first-team All-Centennial League pick in both his junior and senior seasons.
In little more than a year since being named head coach, Hinson has overhauled SIU's roster, with only three holdovers remaining from the previous staff. Hinson has signed 12 players since taking the reigns at SIU, and he cites a common thread among his recruits.
"When you look at the players we've recruited, they come from winning programs, they understand how the game of basketball should be played, and they are committed to rebuilding our program into a championship contender," Hinson said. "I couldn't be more excited about the future of our program."