Courtesy of Tarleton Sports Information

Marlin Cloudy has signed to play with the Tarleton Texan men’s basketball program, transferring to the Texans from Trinity Valley Community College.

Cloudy, a 6-3, 185-pound guard from Center, played the last two seasons for the Cardinals. He will join Tarleton for the 2007-08 season.

“Marlin’s versatility is one of his strengths, and we are very excited to have this highly-recruited young man on our team,” said Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman.

“Marlin is a very aggressive player that plays the game of basketball with a passion. He is a very hard worker who is not afraid to do the dirty work to win games, whether that means taking a charge or playing tenacious defense. Marlin is a courageous player that will add a lot of leadership and athleticism to our basketball team next year.”

In the last two seasons at TVCC, Cloudy averaged 10 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per outing. He led the team to 19 wins in his sophomore season while leading the squad to the regional quarterfinals.

Cloudy hit seven or more 3-pointers in four games this season and hit eight 3-pointers against Kilgore College when he scored 27 points. The newest Texan recorded a double-double against Weatherford Junior College when he scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds with seven three pointers made. His season highs this year were 29 points versus Blinn College and 27 points against Lee College.

“Marlin is an outstanding shooter,” Reisman said. “He played under Pat Smith at Trinity Valley, who I consider one of the top coaches in the country. Pat runs an excellent program where his players are mentally tested day in and day out. Marlin will bring a mental toughness that is needed when you’re striving to win a national championship.”

In high school, the Center native averaged 25 points per game as a senior and 22 points per game as a junior. He was a three-time first team all-district selection and received the R.E. Malone Award for the most prestigious scholar-athlete. Cloudy received the Most Valuable Player Award at three different tournaments and was named to six all-tournament teams.

“Marlin will graduate from Trinity Valley with his associate’s degree,” Reisman said.

“He is a dedicated student-athlete that has his priorities straight. We feel very fortunate to have this young man on our basketball team, and we look forward to two great years with him on our roster.”