Marcus Ginyard (born May 8, 1987) is an American college basketball player for the University of North Carolina. Ginyard committed to play basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels after a high school career at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. Ginyard’s role as a defensive stopper has been his forte for the Tar Heels since his arrival.
Marcus Darrel Ginyard was born in Rochester, New York unto parents Ronald Sr. and Annise Ginyard. At a young age, the Ginyards moved to the Northern Virginia area, specifically Woodbridge and Alexandria. Mother, Annise provided an early basketball introduction to Marcus. She played basketball in the Marine Corps basketball league until her career was ended due to an injury. Annise continues to stay involved with basketball; she is a strength and conditioning coach for Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School. Father, Ronald was a 21-year Marine who was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and tragically became a victim of the terrorist attacks. In high school Ginyard was a National Honor Society member and a National Merit Scholar, and at the University of North Carolina, he is majoring in communications.
Ginyard attended Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School where he was coached by Joseph Wootten. Ginyard started all four years while there, leaving with 116 wins to only 19 losses during his tenure there. His accolades include 3 Virginia Independent Schools Division I state champions (2002, 2003, 2005), MVP of Alhambra Invitational, MVP of the 2004 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, first-team All-Metro by the Washington Post, first-team All-Northern Virginia, Virginia Independent Schools Player of the Year, and Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in Virginia. Ginyard’s high school statistics include 1,615 points (14.2 per game), 520 rebounds (4.6 per game), 298 steals, and 289 assists.