NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins announced the signing of Marcus Fitzgerald, Jr. and Yusuf Mohamed (Seattle, Wash.) on Wednesday of the early signing period.
Marcus Fitzgerald, Jr. | 6-0 | 175 | G | Freshman in 2020-21
Nashville, Tenn. | Pearl-Cohn HS
- Ranked a 3-star recruit by 247sports
- Ranked as the top point guard in the state of Tennessee
- Averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists at Brentwood Academy, leading the team to the state championships
- Will by coached by Terry Cole who led the Firebirds to the Class AA state quarterfinals in his first season at Pearl-Cohn
“I am extremely excited to add Marcus Fitzgerald, Jr. to our 2020 class. He is exactly the type of student-athlete I envisioned to sign when I received the job here at Tennessee State. He is a winner, a thinker and a high-character person. His parents have done an unbelievable job raising him and he come from great stock. His grandfather is an alumni and Hall of fame coach right here in Nashville – Maurice Fitzgerald, who currently coaches at Hillsboro High School. Marcus will help lead this program to new heights and we are looking forward to him helping continue TSU’s rich basketball history.”
Yusuf Mohamed | 6-10 | 200 | G/F | Junior in 2020-21
Seattle, Wash. | North Idaho
- Averaged 5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds per game as a freshman and shot 46 percent from beyond the arc on a JUCO team that sent six student-athletes to Division I schools
- Helped North Idaho to a 31-2 record as a freshman freshman
- Participant in the Jerry Mullens Top 100 junior college camp
- Named to 3A Seattle High School All-Tournament Team in the 2017 State Playoffs
- 3A All-Metro Team as a senior
- Scored 17 points, 72-59 Lost in the playoffs.
- Offered by Stony Brook, Eastern Washington, Northern Kentucky, Coastal Carolina, and Southern University.
“The addition of 6-10 forward, Yusuf Mohamed, will be a game-changer for the Tennessee State Tigers 2020 recruiting class. He is long, athletic and has a great shooting touch. His ability to change shots on defense and guard multiple positions will be highly needed on next year’s roster. We want to continue to get high-character young men and Yusuf fits the bill.”