The Hornets are the reigning champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and gave perennial powerhouse Duke a serious scare in last year's NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Greg Jackson of Delaware State commented that "We are very excited that Mark will be joining us at Delaware State. He is a very important recruit for us and we expect him to make a big impact. We believe that he can help our program get to the next level."
Mark explains that "One of the main reasons I chose Del State was their expression that they needed me rather than just wanting me. It was important to select a school that was genuinely excited about me. In addition, I am very impressed with their coaching staff, the direction in which the basketball program is headed and their strong emphasis on academics". Mark had previously been selected as the Amateur Athlete of the Week by The Gazette and Global TV in December 2004. Read more.
Olivier Dupiton, who enrolled at Vanier College only last January, and who contributed to our Provincial championship, also weighed different offers, before deciding to attend Stetson University in Deland, Florida, where he will major in Business Administration. The Hatters compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Head Coach Derek Waugh of Stetson states: "We could not be more excited to have Olivier join our program. He is an extremely bright young man with tremendous leadership skills who is also an excellent player. The fact that he has competed in a program of Vanier's caliber should also facilitate his transition to Division 1 basketball. We have the most wins in the State of Florida's college basketball history, and I have no doubt that Olivier will help us to many more wins over his four years at Stetson."
Olivier, very pleased with his decision, says: "I remember when I was a young kid, I had a dream - to use basketball as a tool to succeed in life. Watching that dream come true today is really amazing. I would like to thank some people who helped me not only with basketball, but also in life: my mother, for her support and unconditional love, my brother and my aunts Yolna and Didine. I can't forget my coaches, Andy, Dave, Bengi and Sam from Vanier and Robert from Pagé - thank you guys for everything. Most importantly, thank you Lord for your many blessings."
With these two signings, Vanier's basketball program has now sent six players on scholarships to American universities since last year.