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Marquardt Signs Professional Contract with Ingavi La Paz

Blake Marquardt taking a shot against Parkside.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State student-athlete Blake Marquardt has signed a contract to play professional basketball with Ingavi La Paz of Bolivia-Libobasquet.

Marquardt, who graduated this spring with a degree in business administration, was a member of the LSSU men's basketball team for four seasons (2015-19). In his collegiate career, Marquardt played in 93 games, including 53 starts. He scored 789 career points, while shooting 45.8% from the field, 45.1% on three-pointers and 85.3% at the free throw line.  

A native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin who is known for his three-point shooting ability, Marquardt made 209 three-pointers in his four seasons, which is the eighth-highest total in program history. As a junior in 2017-18, Marquardt made 95 three-pointers, which is the second-highest total by a Laker in a season – one behind Chris Wooley (96), who played at LSSU from 1988-89. Marquardt twice made seven three-point shots in a game, which is one off of the Lakers' single-game record. In 2017-18, he recorded the third-highest three-point shooting percentage (49.7%) in NCAA Division II Men's Basketball.

Marquardt is the first member of the Lake Superior State 2018-19 men's basketball team to sign a contract to play professional basketball.    

Lake Superior State finished the 2018-19 season with a 15-12 (11-9 GLIAC) record and reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

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