Central Michigan basketball star Marcus Keene is probably the best player this season who got the least press.
A pure scorer, Keene averaged 30 points per game and was the country’s leading scorer. The 5-foot 11 guard started his amateur career in Youngstown State before transferring to Central Michigan and experiencing a breakout season that he would do well to capitalize on.
Keene is now reportedly set to leave the Chippewas after his record-setting year to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to the Associated Press.
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Lacking the traditional size of an NBA player, Keene uses his speed and burst to cut through the paint and create near the rim. He also saw an increase in rebounds per game and assists per game. Likely considered a developmental prospect at the NBA level, or someone who can provide energy coming off the bench, Keene could provide a lot of value to a team later in the draft.
Keene can score from anywhere on the floor, and shot nearly 37 percent from downtown this season. His defense makes him a bit of a liability, though, as his size often leads to being bullied on the other end of the floor.
Keene is a player who has shown a desirable skill set with the ball in his hand and is free of injury concerns, things that NBA teams covet.