On Bourgault: A mature and dynamic swingman and playmaker ... a deadly spot-up or pull-up shooter ... owns a quick release on his jumpshot and dead-eye accuracy ... compliments long-range proficiency with an ourstanding mid-range game ... has displayed elite athleticism since recovering from an ACL injury in 2010 ... last name pronounced "bore-GO."
Steve Lavin On Bourgault: "In addition to being an outstanding shooter, Marco is a fundamentally sound basketball player. He possesses a high basketball I.Q. and exhibits exceptional court sense. His skill set lends itself to both playmaking and shotmaking opportunities. We expect Marco to torch the nets from long range."
At Monroe College: Averaged 10.8 points per game in 2011-12 for Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. ... started 35 games for the 33-4 Mustangs in his second season ... fired at a 42.1 percent clip from beyond the arc, placing him among the nation's top 30 JUCO deep threats ... 62 percent of his made field goals were from 3-point range ... averaged 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists, earning honorable mention NJCAA Region 15 All-Star honors and the Coach's Award ... helped Monroe to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in March of 2012 in Hutchinson, Kansas ... played only one full season for coach Jeff Brustad following a medical redshirt season in 2010-11 while recovering from a torn ACL.
Before College: Spent one year at Notre Dame Prep in 2009-10, playing for Coach Ryan Hurd ... averaged 18.0 ppg at Notre Dame before his ACL injury ... attended Cholet Basket in France from 2005-09.
Personal: Marc-Antoine David Bourgault ... born in Mayenne in the north of France, 275 km (170 miles) east of Paris ... son of Monique and Daniel Bourgault ... has one sister, Apolline (14), and two brothers, Yoann (28) and Valentin (19) ... majoring in advertising communications.
Up Close With Marc-Antoine Bourgault
Nickname: Marco, Marco Polo.
Favorite movie/TV show: "Bad Boys 2" and "Entourage."
Favorite actor/actress: Will Smith and Angelina Jolie.
What's on my iPod/mp3 player: Hip hop, French music.
Favorite food: My mom's food.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: Gym and SoHo.
Favorite class: Media Marketing.
Favorite book: Harlan Coben's books.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: How to work even harder.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Winning a national championship in France and signing a scholarship with St. John's.
Hero/role model: My mom.
Favorite athlete/sports team: Gilbert Arenas before injury, Usain Bolt/Spurs and Miami Heat.
Favorite St. John's athlete: Chris Mullin.
I came to St. John's because: It was the best fit for me.
Best thing about St. John's: The basketball program.
One word to describe me on the court: "Shooter."
One word to describe me off the court: "Laid-back."
The St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year: Marc-Antoine Bourgault.
After St. John's or after basketball career I'd like to: Coach and have my own business with my brother.
If I could have dinner with three people (history or today): Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela, Eminem.
What do you want to accomplish this season: Win a national championship and Big East championship.
Favorite quote: "Live for everything, die for anything."
Funny superstitions/pregame rituals: Listening to music, watching highlights.
If I wasn't playing basketball: I would be a businessman.