Prep Center Aaron Durley Inks To Play At Marquette
Nov. 9, 2011
Prep center Aaron Durley has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Marquette University men's basketball program, head coach Buzz Williams announced Wednesday afternoon.
Durley, a 6-10, 270-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have four years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
"I have great admiration for Ronnie Courtney, Aaron's coach, as a person and as a professional," Williams said. "Coach Courtney has won everywhere he has coached and his opinions on Chris (Otule) turned out to be exactly right, so I have no reason to doubt him on Aaron. Determining the future of big guys is at times, very dicey, but our entire staff has seen Aaron multiple times and similar to where Chris was at this time in his development, I believe Aaron is on that same trajectory."
The 2011-12 campaign will mark Durley's first with the varsity squad at Ft. Bend Bush High School in Texas. He missed the 2010-11 season because of an achilles injury after playing at Houston's St. Thomas Catholic High School as a sophomore. That year he was named second team all-state by the state's private and parochial schools association.
Durley most recently competed on the AAU circuit with the Houston Hoopstars. He is ranked 58th nationally at his position by ESPN.com.
Current Marquette center Chris Otule also prepped at Ft. Bend Bush High School under head coach Ronnie Courtney.
"Aaron comes from a beautiful family and because of who he is as a person, he fits perfectly into our culture," Williams said. "His best days are ahead of him and our daily regimen will be exactly what Aaron needs in order to reach his full potential. Having Chris here to be his chaperone next year will be an advantage Chris didn't have, but one that will be instrumental in helping Aaron."
While living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, with his family while his father worked in the oil industry, Durley made multiple appearances in the Little League World Series with the team from that town. The first baseman is one of the tallest players to ever compete in the annual event.