Marquis Gilstrap to Charlotte for summer league

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By Chris Williams, Publisher

Marquis Gilstrap wasn’t selected in the 2010 NBA Draft. But he did get a call from an NBA coaching legend shortly after it ended.

Charlotte’s Larry Brown picked up and called Gilstrap around midnight (Georgia time) to offer the former Cyclone a summer league contract. Gilstrap couldn’t be happier.

"That’s actually probably my first choice," Gilstrap told on Friday morning."He (Brown) said that if they would have had a pick there in the second round that they would have drafted me. He said that this is the same scenario for me, even if I had been drafted by Charlotte. It’s the same opportunity."

Gilstrap just worked out for Charlotte last Thursday. The franchise informed him at that time that they were extremely interested. The best part of this deal for Marquis is that Charlotte is close to his family in Georgia.

"It’s only like four hours. It’s perfect," Gilstrap said.

Gilstrap told CF that he hasn’t taken an in depth look at the Bobcats roster yet but will do so in the coming days. Gilstrap will report to his summer league team on July 1.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.