There’s a 5-9 point guard, Marcus Keene, who plays for Central Michigan, and he’s hardly getting recognition as the nation’s leading scorer.
It’s hard to keep up with college basketball. There are a lot of teams with a lot of players, but, typically, only NBA prospects are given the time of day. Guys like Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox and Markelle Fultz are constantly talked about and for a good reason. However, there’s a mid-major force who has been absolutely lighting up the scoreboard, and it’s time for the nation to become aware of Marcus Keene.
He’s a junior at Central Michigan after transferring from Youngstown State, and he had the quietest 40-point game in recent memory.
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Keene’s 31.4 points a night lead the nation, and the next closest is Dewayne Russell from Grand Canyon at 26.7. He’s eclipsed 30 in eight of his ten outings while no one else has more than three. The most mind-boggling thing about Keene’s high-octane production is how efficient he is, and it’s severely better than years before.
Keene shoots it at 52.5 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from three; he also leads the MAC in two-point field goals made (65), and threes made (39).
I’d go as far to say he’s as versatile as he could be offensively and, unfortunately, his height does lead to him being overlooked. Much of the same happened with Tyler Ulis (5-8), who could’ve easily been a lottery pick in the most recent draft if he were a couple of inches taller.
Regardless, Keene can stretch out the defense, penetrate when necessary and has a swagger that is unmatched.
Marcus Keene from Central Michigan pic.twitter.com/Jq81IXsUsB
— StreetHistory (@streethistory) December 7, 2016
If you feel bad for not knowing about him, don’t worry. ESPN has never heard of him, either, and they put the wrong picture up before rolling his highlights:
— KEEN3 (@Marcus3Keene) December 7, 2016
In addition to all of his scoring, he’s a solid playmaker and is second in the conference with 51 assists.
The Chippewas sit atop the MAC with an 8-2 record, and we could see them in March if they don’t slip up too much down the stretch of the regular season. Wouldn’t it be a sight to watch Marcus Keene lead an upset against a potential two or three seed?
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