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Stanford lands 4-star Sheffield

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For the second day in a row, a top prospect out of Georgia decided to make a verbal commitment. Monday, it was William Jackson pledging to Georgia. Tuesday, Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee wing Marcus Sheffield woke up and decided that Stanford is where he wants to play college basketball.
"I just thought it was the right place for me," Sheffield said. "I liked it there. I haven't really been sure about what I wanted to do, but I just decided today that I wanted to commit."
Sheffield, ranked as the No. 83 prospect in the class of 2015 Rivals150, took his only official visit to Stanford back in May. Ultimately, that visit sold him on the school.
"The players were cool. I liked all the coaches. I just thought it was a great situation for me. Academics were a big deal, but it's not like they are just an academic school. They are also good at basketball. Basketball was a big part of my decision too."
Sheffield becomes the first commitment for head coach Johnny Dawkins in the 2015 class. Assistant coach Mike Schrage, an Atlanta native, was the lead recruiter on Sheffield for the Cardinal.
Playing with Game Elite on the Adidas circuit, Sheffield proved himself to be one of the top scorers in the Southeast this year. At 6-foot-5, Sheffield can stretch defenses from 3-point range and is much improved making plays off the dribble. His length and athleticism give him the potential to become a very good defender at the college level as well.
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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