High School Sports

March 4, 2013

Operating under the radar

Columbia senior Marcus Praylow - a four-year varsity starter - rang up more than 1,500 points and 750 rebounds during his career with little fanfare.

In a basketball season to remember in the Midlands, Columbia’s Marcus Praylow operated under the radar.

The Capitals 6-foot-3 senior forward closed a fine, four-year varsity career with the Capitals with 1,515 points and 758 rebounds, but few people outside of the immediate Capitals family was aware of the notable accomplishments.

Praylow started and ended his high school career as a varsity starter. He averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds as a freshman and the numbers kept going up. He averaged 21.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists in his final campaign.

Columbia coach Mark Kirlough said Praylow will play college ball at some level, but his options right now are somewhat limited.

“We’ve heard from a bunch of Division II and lower Division I schools but there is nothing definite yet,” said the veteran Capitals coach. “He’s too small to play inside at the Big South or the Southern Conference level and he doesn’t have the fully developed skills of a true wing player. So, teams at that level see him as an in-between guy and they probably won’t take a chance on him. But he’ll get an offer to play somewhere and that school will be happy with Marcus’ game.”

Kirlough said Praylow ranks among the best players he’s coached at Columbia.

“We’d have some good ones through the years and Marcus is definitely a top 10 player here for sure,” he said. “He was a good leader on the team, and a good student. He’ll prove himself at the next level on the floor and he’ll do fine academically.”

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