It didn’t take long for Marcus Santos-Silva to become an attractive target on the transfer market. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Santos-Silva spent the last three seasons with VCU, two of them as a full-time starter. As a junior, Santos-Silva averaged 12.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. Given his size, that’s a fairly diverse two-way impact.
Arizona State, Georgia, UCONN, Siena, Miami, Illinois, Seton Hall, Washington State and Virginia Tech have reached out to VCU transfer @Marcus7345
The 6-foot-7 junior Averaged 12.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg. Was top 10 in EYBL for rebounding. https://t.co/vPoXmgdUxs
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 22, 2020
In 97 career games, Santos-Silva has 21 performances of 10 or more rebounds. That includes a 22-rebound performance against Rhode Island last season. (That total was tied for the third most in a Division I game during the 2018-19 season.)
Santos-Silva is a monster rebounder. Santos-Silva finished the 2019-20 season ranked 36th nationally in defensive rebound rate (26 percent) and 75th in offensive rebound rate (12.2 percent).
This year, Santos-Silva shot 64 percent at the rim — with a healthy volume of attempts (205 FGA) — including 20 dunks. Santos-Silva has never attempted a 3-pointer in a college game.
— VCU Basketball (@VCU_Hoops) January 29, 2020
The Hurricanes have a fairly congested frontcourt, led by Cincinnati transfer Nysier Brooks (eligibile this season). Miami has plenty of returning 4/5 pieces, too. Top-25 recruit Earl Timberlake joins the forward mix as well.
Virginia Tech already added some power to its frontcourt this offseason: Iowa transfer Cordell Pemsl (6-foot-9, 250 pounds). After redshirting last season, like Brooks at Miami, Wofford transfer Keve Aluma (6-foot-9, 240 pounds) joins the rotation as well. However, it still can’t hurt to kick the can on a prospect like Santos-Silva, who hails from Massachusetts.