The illustrious collegiate career of Plainfield Central alum Derrick Marks concluded in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, OH.
Marks led Boise State University to the First Four for the second time in three years, but the Broncos fell short in a loss to the host school after holding a lead throughout the second half, 56-55.
The former Wildcat became the first Bronco to be a NCAA All-American after being named honorable mention this year. He was also the 2014-15 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.
Marks led the conference in scoring and was 22nd nationally with 19.4 points per game, which was tied for fifth best in program history.
His 1,912 career points ranks third all-time in school history and is No. 4 on the all-time Mountain West scoring list.
He had six 30-point games on the season and a school-record 10 for his career. He was also named conference player of the week four times this year and eight for his career. He tallied at least 10 points in each of his last 18 games.
Marks shot 49.4 percent from the floor and 43.6 percent from three-point range and 77.1 percent from the foul line. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds, three assists and 1.8 steals per game.
“It’s going to be pretty hard to take off the jersey for the last time,” Marks said after Boise State’s loss to Dayton. “These past four years have been the best experience of my life. I won’t ever forget it now, (and will) carry it throughout the rest of my life.”
Here are how other Division-I athletes fared this winter in college.
•McKenna Avery completed her freshman swimming campaign at Southern Illinois University. The Plainfield East alum placed sixth in the 50-yard free at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships (23.65) and was seventh in the 100 back (57.18).
•Plainfield East alum Brian Bennett completed his junior season at Cal-Poly. Bennett led the Mustangs with 11.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds and a .507 field goal percentage.
Bennett also had 35 assists and 19 steals.
•Carlie Corrigan, a Plainfield North alum, averaged 1.8 points per game in her sophomore season at Southern Illinois University. She added 18 rebounds and 12 assists for the season. She scored a season-high 11 points against Oregon State in December.
•Plainfield Central alum and Central Michigan University redshirt freshman Jordan Ellingwood went 18-13 on the season at 174 pounds. He went 5-3 in the MAC and was ranked third in the conference with two overall falls on the year.
•Plainfield swimmer Caroline Kelly competed for Northeastern University. Her top times of the season came at the Frank Elm Invitational, where she swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.52, the 200 breast in 2:37.2, the 100 free in 55.78 and the 50 free in 1:08.52.
•Nick Nasenbeny, a Plainfield Central graduate, won nine matches at the 133-pound weight class for the University of Missouri. Included in his wins were one major decision, one fall and one technical fall.
•Former Plainfield South wrestler Miguel Silva went 4-4 in his freshman campaign at Central Michigan University. Silva competed at the 125-pound weight class.
•Logan Wright, a Plainfield North graduate, appeared in eight games for the Western Michigan University soccer team, finishing with one goal and one assist on three shots.
-compiled by Scott Taylor