Central Michigan University point guard Marcus Keene is proving to America that you don’t have to be tall to have game.
Keene, a Youngstown University transfer, stands at just 5-foot-9 but is leading the nation in points per game (30.7) and scoring (399). He’s also the first to accomplish that feat in college basketball in more than 20 years.
His PPG score is almost double that of his last season at Youngstown, where he was only averaging 15.6 a game. Once CMU Coach Keno Davis recruited him to play the point guard slot, however, Keene took his NCAA-mandated bench time to bulk up, ball up in practice and wait for his time to boss out on the court.
The time off the court clearly helped, considering Keene assisted in leading the Chippewas to victory in eight of their first 10 games. The team is now 10-3 in the 2016-17 season, and looking to keep their win streak going after Keene’s career-high 44-point game against Montana State.
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“”He has something that makes him different,” Davis told The Detroit Free Press in an interview. “I don’t know if there is a player out there as unique as Marcus. You might look at guys in the NBA that are undersized that have been able to do it. You might be able to compare him to them because of his size, but he brings stuff to the table that others don’t.”