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    Marcus Oliver

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    Charlotte, N.C.

    High School:
    West Charlotte HS

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 183

    Position:
    Guard

    Birthdate:
    10/20/1980

    Experience:
    3L

    Marcus Oliver

    06/14/2013

    Farewell to Conference USA: Houston Men's Basketball

    A look back at 17 years of Houston Men's Basketball in Conference USA

    Overview
    Redshirt senior who is returns from a torn ACL injury in his right knee...will provide some valuable experience to Houston's young and deep backcourt....was a key member of the Cougars 2001-02 team that earned a NIT bid after advancing to semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament.

    Last Summer
    Played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team that competed in qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Pan American Games and 2004 Olympic Games.

    2002-03 (REDSHIRT)
    Was slated to be one of two returning starters for the Cougars before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a summer pickup game...sat out the entire season with the injury.

    2001-02 (AS A JUNIOR)
    Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team after averaging 18.7 points in three tournament games...set a C-USA Tournament record for best three-point field goal percentage with .714 after making 10 of his 14 three-point attempts in three games...tallied a career-high 26 points against Memphis in a quarter-final game, 19 points against 10th-ranked Marquette in the semifinals and 11 points against East Carolina...made all three of his three-point field goal attempts and both of his free throws...played in 32 games for the Cougars throughout the 2001-02 season...started 16 of those contests, including the last five games of the year...averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game throughout the season...scored 12 points against Tennessee State and in Houston's final regular season game versus UAB...netted 11 points against fourth-ranked UCLA...pulled down a season-high five rebounds against Texas Tech and UAB...grabbed four rebounds versus Marquette in the C-USA Tournament, along with Tulane and Southwest Texas State during the regular season...handed out a season-high three assists against 11th-ranked UCLA, Tulane and TCU...had two assists in 11 other games...recorded a season-high two steals four times, including against third-ranked Kansas and 10th-ranked Marquette...equaled his career-high of two blocked shots against TCU...blocked one shot in five other games.

    2000-01 (AS A SOPHOMORE)
    Played in all 29 games and started 24 of those contests...started the final 22 games...ranked sixth among Houston's scoring leaders with 5.9 points per game...scored in double figures four times including a season-high 12 points versus Memphis and Air Force...also netted 11 points at Tulane and 10 points against Texas...tallied eight points and handed out a career-high six assists versus Tulane in Houston's final regular season game ...recorded five assists against Marquette...made all four of his field goal attempts at Tulane...ranked third among Houston's leaders in assists with 41...was fifth among the team's rebounding leaders with 3.2 rebounds per game...grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UAB...registered five rebounds at Cincinnati, four rebounds against Marquette and three rebounds versus Tulane twice...blocked a career-high two shots at Cincinnati and against Georgetown...recorded a total of 13 blocked shots throughout the season.

    1999-00 (AS A FRESHMAN)
    Played in all 31 games and made eight starts...scored in double figures six times...tallied a career-high 13 points against Texas Southern and Charlotte...netted 12 points against George Washington, Memphis and South Florida...scored eight points in 13 minutes during Houston's final regular season game against Louisville, as he made all six of his free throws against the Cardinals...also made all six of his free throws at Southern Miss on January 5...won two games at the charity stripe...the first came when he made one of his two attempts with 1:21 left to give Houston a 75-74 victory over Tulane on January 8...also helped Houston pull out a 93-92 victory against George Washington when he made a free throw with 2.8 seconds left to play...grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in his first collegiate start against SMU...also pulled down six rebounds at Charlotte and five rebounds at Tulane...recorded three steals at Saint Louis...had two steals against Texas Southern and Rice...handed out a season-high two assists four times.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Named third-team All-State performer...helped lead West Charlotte to its first state championship since 1992 and a school record 30 wins...West Charlotte won its final 21 games of the season to finish the 1998-99 season with a 30-2 record. ..the Lions were ranked sixth nationally in the National Prep Basketball poll and seventh in The USA Today's Super 25 national ranking... named a member of the first-team All-Observer team by The Charlotte Observer after averaging 11.8 points, three rebounds and three assists throughout his senior season...earned the team's Defensive MVP award...scored 23 points, made four of his eight three-point attempts and handed out four assists in West Charlotte's 84-67 state championship victory over Wilmington Laney, the same high school that produced Michael Jordan...averaged 17.8 points, seven rebounds and six assists throughout the state tournament...one of his high school teammates was Jason Parker, who currently plays at Kentucky...also played soccer and football at West Charlotte...earned All-Region and all-city honors in football...was an all-conference performer in soccer.

    PERSONAL
    Son of William and Christa Oliver of Charlotte, N.C....chose Houston after being recruited by Howard, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Furman...born October 20, 1980, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands...majoring in journalism and broadcasting at Houston.

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