Dubose inks scholarship
by David Royal
May 02, 2014 | 811 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marissa Dubose, the Woodland post player who holds her school’s record for most rebounds with 230, will be playing for Point University, a four-year college in West Point that competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Dubose has signed an athletic scholarship with the college and will begin attending there in the fall.

The post player averaged eight points per game at Woodland last year and led it in blocks (1.5 per game) and drawn charges (six).

She averaged eight rebounds and also was credited with 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. She was a Daily Tribune News all-county selection and a member of the third team all-region team, which is selected by other coaches in the region. Her junior year she grabbed 213 rebounds and averaged nine points, two blocked shots, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She also was a Daily Tribune News all-county selection her junior year.

Woodland head coach Kyle Morgan said Dubose left her mark at Woodland.

“She set school records in total rebounds each season,” he said. “She was a valuable member of a team that won the most games in 11 years at WHS this past season [18-8]. Marissa is a multi-talented, versatile player that fills up the box scores. She is a selfless player that always gives her best effort.

“She possesses many skills/qualities both on and off the court that will enable her to be successful at the next level. Her best basketball is ahead of her.”

Dubose said she is pleased to be taking her skills to the Skyhawks and said her hard work at Woodland paid dividends.

“It was a lot of work,” she said. “We had new players coming in. We didn’t really have too many freshmen but the bond as a team grew. I think that’s why I think we worked as a team and that’s why we won the games.”

She said the success — an overall 18-8 record and 13-2 in the region — was earned by the whole team.

“We broke many records, personal and as a team. I was proud of the team,” she said.

Dubose said she put the team’s needs first even as she tried to improve as a player her senior year.

“I had to work on my personal game in getting ready for college,” she said. “I wanted to get signed like I did, but I had to focus on the team more. I knew I wanted to end it with a good bang and break records and do whatever I could to make the state playoffs. We fell short, but we came pretty close.”

Earning a scholarship has always been her goal and she was excited when it came within reach.

“Their coach contacted my mother through email,” Dubose said. “He said he liked the way I played. I went for a visit and a workout.”

She said hearing from Point University was a good moment. “I felt like I was accomplished because it was one of my big goals to ... go to college and get a free education. That was awesome when he called me saying he was interested.”

Dubose said her game will change at the collegiate level. “I’m not really a post in college. I’m not so big. He [Tory Wooley] told me I need to work on my shooting. I know I can shoot but I just didn’t do it as much as I should have. I also need to run more because it will be a faster-paced game. He told me what I need to work on and I’m ready to do that.”

Dubose attended Woodland two years after transferring from North Cobb.

“I have played basketball all of my life — since I was 5 years old,” she said. “I grew up in that community and I played for the varsity my freshman and sophomore year as a post/guard.”

Wooley, too, is expecting big things from Dubose.

“I spoke with [Woodland] coach Kyle Morgan and saw some film on Marissa and I liked her,” the coach said. “She’s about 5 [feet] 11 [inches] or 6 feet. She can shoot the jump shot. She can penetrate. If need be, she can catch the ball in the high post or the mid post ... and score with the ball.

“She also plays both sides of the ball really well. She’s a great defender, great rebounder and can block shots. She has a multiple array of moves and her skill set is off the chart.”

He believes the former Woodland basketball star will create matchup problems for opponents.

“She has an advantage in height over smaller players where her size will give her the advantage,” he said. “Her quickness will give her an advantage if a post player tries to guard her. She can face up to the basket and get to the foul line or score. We are excited about having Marissa.”

Wooley said her work ethic also will help her.

“Through hard work, I think she can be a dynamic player,” he added.

Wooley said those skills will be needed for her to compete in the AAC.

“Schools in our conference are from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky as well as Georgia,” he said. “She’s going to be on the road a lot next year against good competition.”

He said an immediate contribution is possible.

“With hard work and a great offseason, I think she could contribute a great amount to the program next year, starting as a freshman,” he said. “I think the ball’s in her court. If she plays hards and competes, I will play her.”