Aaron Durley, a 6-foot-11 inch forward from Houston, re-affirmed his commitment to Marquette University, six days after unconfirmed reports surfaced that he would not attend in the fall of 2012.
Jim Hicks of RCS Sports reported last Monday that Durley would attend junior college, falsely claiming that Durley and his parents knew their intentions even before Aaron signed his National Letter of Intent to Marquette on Nov. 9.
“This article is far from true,” Durley said in an email. “From the horse’s mouth, I assure you that I will be at Marquette University in the fall.”
Dana Durley, Aaron’s mother, said she was misquoted in the original report and confirmed that her son is fully committed to attending Marquette.
“We couldn’t be happier with Marquette,” Dana said. “We are completely satisfied with Aaron’s decision.”
Durley’s mother moved from Saudi Arabia to Houston two years ago to help her son along in the process of selecting a school. She said she called Hicks to give an update on Aaron’s commitment to Marquette.
“It was how we were happy about Marquette,” Dana said. “We said we made our decision because of Marquette’s develpoment skills, the great education and we know that Buzz [Williams] and [Tony] Benford really think hard about offering scholarships.”
Durley’s mother informed the Marquette coaching staff after the original report was published, saying that neither she nor Aaron would do or say anything negative or hurtful toward Marquette.
“I have never wavered on Aaron’s decision to attend Marquette,” Dana said. “He is fully committed.”