The steal, the dish, the 3️⃣‼️@MarcoJAnthony creating plays!
— Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) December 9, 2022
Good morning, all. While monitoring the UTSA at University of Utah game on Tuesday night, I noticed a prominent player for the Utes that I had omitted from my preseason list of San Antonio area athletes in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
In that regard, I wanted to update the list to include Marco Anthony from Holmes High School, who played 33 minutes for the Utes against the Roadrunners.
Anthony, a sixth-year senior formerly with the University of Virginia and Utah State University, contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for Utah in a 91-70 victory over UTSA.
The Utah guard is shown in the video (see above) making a steal and passing for an assist in a game last Thursday against Jacksonville State, Ala.
This is Anthony’s second year at Utah. Previously, he attended Utah State for two years, sitting out one as a redshirt, and two at Virginia. At Virginia, he played on the team that won the 2019 NCAA championship.
Another adjustment to the original preseason list is on Gerald Liddell, who is playing as a senior for the Detroit Mercy Titans in the Horizon League.
Liddell transferred into Detroit Mercy to play for Coach Mike Davis after playing last year at Alabama State. Originally, he was a top 50 recruit out of Steele High School to the University of Texas.
Playing for the Titans, Liddell is making a huge contribution, averaging 18.5 points and 14.8 rebounds in four games.
If any other additions or adjustments to the preseason list come to light, I’ll be sure to update. But, for the time being, here is the update, with athletes listed in alphabetical order:
San Antonio area athletes
In NCAA Division I men’s basketball
Marco Anthony, Utah, a 6-6 senior guard from Holmes HS, formerly of Virginia and Utah State
Adam Benhayoune, LSU, a 6-5 sophomore guard from O’Connor HS
Trey Blackmore, Cal State-Fullerton, a 6-2 freshman guard from Cole HS
Marques Gates, Houston Christian, a 6-0 redshirt freshman guard from Clemens HS
x-Vincent Iwuchukwu, Southern Cal, a 7-foot freshman center, formerly of Cole HS, La Lumiere, Ind., Montverde Academy, Fla.
Jalen Jackson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a 5-11 senior guard from Wagner HS
Ja’Sean Jackson, Abilene Christian, a 6-0 sophomore guard from Wagner HS
Ellis Jefferson, Lamar, a 6-0 senior guard from Brandeis HS
Gerald Liddell, Detroit Mercy, a 6-8 senior forward from Steele HS; transfer from Texas, Alabama State
x-Carlton Linguard Jr., UTSA, a 7-foot junior center from Stevens HS, transfer from Temple JC and Kansas State
Silas Livingston, University of the Incarnate Word, a 5-9 freshman guard from Cole
Langston Love, Baylor, a 6-5 redshirt freshman guard, formerly of Steele HS, Montverde Academy, Fla.
Jayden Martinez, North Texas, a 6-7 senior forward from Steele; transfer from New Hampshire
Jordan Mason, Texas State, a 6-2 freshman guard from Clark
Kevin McCullar, Jr., Kansas, a 6-6 senior guard, formerly of Wagner High School, a transfer from Texas Tech.
Austin Nunez, Arizona State, a 6-2 freshman guard from Wagner HS
Ze’Rik Onyema, UTEP, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Jay HS
Dre Ray, Incarnate Word, a 5-9 freshman guard from Cole HS
Brendan Wenzel, Wyoming, a 6-7 guard from O’Connor HS; a transfer from Utah
Dalen Whitlock, Texas State, a 6-4 sophomore guard from Clark HS
Players with San Antonio roots who attended high school out of the area
Zach Clemence, Kansas, a 6-10 forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.) and Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.)
Micah Peavy, TCU, a 6-7 junior forward from Duncanville, transfer from Texas Tech
x-Linguard is getting healthy and practicing at UTSA after rehabilitating a knee injury. He’ll need NCAA clearance to play this season because he’s academically ineligible. Iwuchukwu hasn’t played after suffering what he described as a cardiac arrest last summer.