Marcus Ginyard

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Marcus Ginyard
Marcus Ginyard street clothes vs MSU 2008.jpg
Ginyard during his UNC career
No. 11 – Stelmet Zielona Góra
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League Polish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1987-05-08) May 8, 1987 (age 27)
Rochester, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school Bishop O'Connell
(Arlington, Virginia)
College North Carolina (2005–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 BBC Bayreuth
2011–2012 Ironi Nahariya
2012–2013 Anwil Włocławek
2013–2014 Azovmash Mariupol
2014–present Stelmet Zielona Góra
Career highlights and awards
  • All-ACC Defensive team (2008)

Marcus Ginyard (born May 8, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Stelmet Zielona Góra of the Polish Basketball League. Ginyard played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels after a high school career at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. Ginyard’s role as a defensive stopper became his forte for the Tar Heels after his arrival.[1] Since graduation Marcus has signed basketball contracts with BBC Bayreuth in Germany, and Irony Nahariya in Israel (2011–12 season).


Marcus Darrel Ginyard was born in Rochester, New York to parents Ronald Sr. and Annise Ginyard. At a young age, the Ginyards moved to the northern Virginia area, specifically Woodbridge and Alexandria. His mother Annise provided an early basketball introduction to Marcus. She played basketball in the Marine Corps basketball league until her career was ended due to an injury. Annise continues to stay involved with basketball; she is a strength and conditioning coach for Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School. His father Ronald, a Marine, was in the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attacks.[2] In high school Ginyard was a National Honor Society member and a National Merit Scholar, and at the University of North Carolina, he majored in communications.

High school[edit]

Ginyard attended Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School where he was coached by Joseph Wootten. Ginyard started all four years while there, leaving with 116 wins to only 19 losses during his tenure there. His accolades include 3 Virginia Independent Schools Division I state champions (2002, 2003, 2005), MVP of Alhambra Invitational, MVP of the 2004 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, first-team All-Metro by the Washington Post, first-team All-Northern Virginia, Virginia Independent Schools Player of the Year, and Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in Virginia. Ginyard’s high school statistics include 1,615 points (14.2 per game), 520 rebounds (4.6 per game), 298 steals, and 289 assists.[3]


While at the University of North Carolina, Ginyard became known as a defensive specialist. During his career, he was defensive player of the game 20 times out of the 107 games that he played. He started 55 of those 107 games. In the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, Ginyard was voted the University of North Carolina’s defensive player of the year. In addition, he was voted to the media and coaches' Atlantic Coast Conference all-defensive teams in the 2007–08 season, as well as Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament Team honors for the same year. Ginyard's game was not restricted to his defensive abilities either, evident in the fact that he scored over 600 points in his career. His versatility was useful as wellwhile in college, and he played four out of five positions.[4] However, early in his senior season (2008–2009) Ginyard sustained a stress fracture in his left foot that forced him to take a medical redshirt.[5] Despite questions surrounding the defensive intensity of the team in his absence, the Tar Heels men's basketball team won the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, with Ginyard supporting the team as the "No. 1 Cheerleader," according to teammate Bobby Frasor.[6]

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 17 vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/22/07)
  • Field Goals: 8 vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/22/07)
  • Three-Pointers Made: 2 at Virginia (1/19/06), vs. Maryland (1/19/08), Duke (2/6/08), Florida State (3/14/08)
  • Free Throws Made: 8 vs. Duke (2/6/08)
  • Rebounds: 10 at Clemson (1/6/08)
  • Offensive Rebounds: 5 vs. Ohio State (11/29/06), at Ohio State (11/28/07)
  • Assists: 6 vs. Wake Forest (2/24/08), Arkansas (3/23/08)
  • Turnovers: 6 vs. Wake Forest (2/24/08)
  • Blocks: 2 at Davidson (11/14/07)
  • Steals: 4 vs. Gardner Webb (11/19/05), Illinois (11/29/05), Davidson (1/3/06)


  1. ^ Ginyard gives Heels a stopper
  2. ^ Ginyard's Story About More Than Basketball
  3. ^ Marcus Ginyard Player Profile
  4. ^ Marcus Ginyard Player Profile
  5. ^ Why UNC will miss Ginyard
  6. ^ Marcus Ginyard cheering on Tar Heels' run from bench

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