When he was a increasing basketball prospect for coach Marvin Rea at Gary Bowman more than a decade back, DeJuan Marrero constantly seemed a very little older, a little a lot more skilled, than the rest of his peers.
Perhaps it was the mustache. Marrero, recognized as “Rico”, was a 2012 Indiana All-Star, a person of the deepest courses in the latest historical past with players like Gary Harris, Yogi Ferrell, Kellen Dunham, Glenn Robinson III, D.J. Balentine and R.J. Hunter. A knee injury cost Marrero his freshman time at DePaul and he transferred to junior college a calendar year later, in advance of heading on to turn into a two-yr complete-time starter, double-digit scorer and group captain at Morehead Condition.
Marrero, now 28, is even now employing basketball as a system. He has performed abroad in Switzerland, North Macedonia and Puerto Rico and — depending on the pandemic — plans to return to Europe to participate in this drop.
“That’s up in the air. Also, the funds has to be right to go again,” he claimed.
But for Marrero, basketball has opened avenues that go further than enjoying. When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, Marrero claimed he observed it as an opportunity “to create my possess internship.” Marrero, who played grassroots basketball for Indy Warmth, has rejoined the Fort Wayne-based mostly plan as a videographer and photographer.
“Where can I obtain my lane and area of interest? So I got into filming. Working at training cinema, operating on my images, just making an attempt to uncover my area of interest and lane and something I appreciate executing,” he stated. “I was already thinking of lifetime outside of basketball even prior to the pandemic.”
Marrero began his own podcast — the “DeJuan Marrero Podcast” — in 2019 and has uploaded continuously with 117 episodes and counting over far more than two years. His friends include former grassroots and high university teammates like 2010 Mr. Basketball DeShaun Thomas, previous Pike star R.J. Hunter, previous North Central and Georgetown standout D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and latest university and substantial faculty players like Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic, Perry Meridian senior and Butler recruit Jayden Taylor and Dylan Windler of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also interviews other neighborhood leaders, music artists, coaches, trainers and customers of the media, frequently with a background in the Gary location.
“Having the podcast allows me keep related to the basketball neighborhood,” Marrero stated. “And to present the young guys that, you know, you are beloved NBA player has a large amount likely on other than basketball. It is not just about basketball. Use the video game as a car. Which is what I tried out to acquire benefit of with my resume and my networking qualifications.”
Marrero started operating as a photographer and videographer for the Indy Warmth in the summer season of 2020. He posts his work on his have system (his Fb site is DeJuan Marrero Media) but has also built up the Indy Heat’s Instagram next from about 2,500 to about 6,000 in a lot less than a yr.
His desire in video clip goes again to his personal higher college taking part in days when he would submit vlogs like when Bowman Academy made it to condition in 2010 on the bus and in the locker home. But in the course of that period, video highlights of gamers had been significantly considerably less common.
“I don’t even have one spotlight that I could go back again and demonstrate that I performed at Peach Jam,” he explained. “(The videographers) had been coming to see Marquis Teague and DeShaun Thomas. You understood who they have been coming to see and we knew our roles. We would get the similar opportunities, we just would not get filmed. We could be in their highlights, although.”
Marrero is not just a bystander when he works all through game titles. Generally, he will pull young children aside after online games for some “real discuss.”
“I tell them if they appear like rubbish on film,” he stated. “But we’ve designed that marriage off the floor where by I do so a lot of their pictures and videography wherever I can say, ‘Hey gentleman, it does not glance good. If your mentor does not inform you I’m going to explain to you for the reason that I nonetheless participate in.’ I imagine it is distinctive when you listen to from peer to peer. I’ll tell them, ‘Hey, I can not publish that.’ I’m connecting with them simply because I’m in the company of highlights.”
Rea, who led Bowman Academy to state championships in 2010 and 2013, died in 2017 at age 49 in a crash on Interstate 65 when his automobile was strike from powering. Rea, who experienced since moved coaching careers from Bowman Academy to Gary Lighthouse, was a father determine to a lot of of his gamers, such as Marrero.
“Every time I have a challenging choice to make I say, ‘What would Marvin do?’” Marrero stated. “That’s how he groomed us expanding up at Bowman. Existence is bigger than basketball. You have to use the recreation and be a resource for other younger student athletes that are coming up.”
Marrero is unsure what the rapid future holds. He strategies to proceed to play skillfully if the prospect is there. But he has a qualifications in digital advertising and marketing, alongside with his podcast and videography get the job done that will assistance him transition into his put up-basketball entire world.
“I’m having it a single day at a time,” he claimed. “Life is inconsistent by itself. We were in the house for a 12 months. Who were being you in that yr? Did you find out anything new and improve or did you have decrease and are hoping to determine matters out? I’m a human being that likes to pursue new ambitions and not be one dimensional.”
Contact Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at 317-444-6649.