Jelani Scott | Sports Editor
Joining a team that has won back-to-back conference championships is a daunting task for any incoming player. However, freshman guard Jermaine Marrow of Newport News, Virginia has had no problem bringing “The MayNo Show” to the Convocation Center this season.
The name is one that was given to Marrow when he attended Heritage High School and it has stuck ever since for the Hampton Roads product, who is averaging 14.4 PPG and is one of the most prominent players in the MEAC.
On January 16, Marrow was named both MEAC Rookie and Player of the Week. This marked the third time he was named R.O.W. but his first P.O.W. selection, becoming the first player in the conference to earn that distinction this season.
Marrows says he felt he had a lot to prove coming into the season but he has been stellar for the Pirates. His pregame hype song, How it Go by Chief Keef, has helped to Marrow get ready to take on all competition.
We sat down with the guard to learn more about who he is and how he got here.
Jelani Scott: What was your first reaction when you received the news of being both MEAC Rookie and Player of the Week? What did it mean to you?
Jermaine Marrow: My reaction was to try to get Player of the Year at the end of the year. It meant a lot because my teammates have been pushing me to be the best player I can be all year and now I see it panning out.
JS: Although you weren’t on the teams, what significance of the program’s back to back titles have to you as a freshman?
JM: The significance of those titles was a lot because a couple of my guys were in those teams and when they won, it felt like I did.
JS: Who were your idols growing up?
JM: Of course, being from downtown Newport News, my favorite player of all-time is Allen Iverson.
JS: Why did you choose to come to Hampton and where else were you looking?
JM: I picked Hampton because I saw them play so many times and I knew I could do great in this system. I really like that my family can come to my games. My other offers were James Madison, Howard, VMI, Citadel and High Point.
JS: How have your teammates and the coaching staff welcomed you into the program? How do you like HU?
JM: They welcomed me with open arms. I love everything about the school and the coaches. Everyone is a family.