Marcus Keene is ready for his next challenge
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Marcus Keene will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Marcus Keene of Central Michigan is heading to the NBA.

The diminutive point guard was the NCAA’s leading scorer this season.

At just 5-9, Keene managed to score an impressive 30.0 points per game, to go along with 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 0.8 steals a contest.

While this wasn’t Keene’s strongest season shooting from the outside at just .386%, he did take 10.6 shots a game from beyond the arc.  While at Youngstown State as a sophomore, Keene connected on .419% of his 3-point attempts, while taking 6.8 a game.

This was Keene’s first season at Central Michigan and with his newfound freedom within it’s offense, he became the first player to average 30 or more points a game over a season in the past 20 years.

Charles Jones averaged 30.1 points for Long Island University during the 1996-97 season.

While the team started off fairly strongly, the Chippewas lost their last eight games and finished the season with a .500 record.

Keene, however, was dynamic throughout the season.  He notched 50 points against Miami (Oh) in January and ended the season with 41 points in the team’s loss in the MAC Tournament.

That 41-point outburst gave him an NCAA-high seven games with 40-plus points and a nation-best 17 games with 30-plus point games.

Keene also broke the single-season MAC record with 959 total points.  He was so good a scorer that he actually averaged nearly five points more than the nation’s #2 scorer, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum,

He joins Stephen Curry and Jimmer Fredette as the only players to average more than 28.5 points a game over the last 15 years.

Despite his scoring exploits, Keene’s NBA Draft stock remains fairly low.  While he’s helped by the success of Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, there are very few NBA players to have long and successful careers while only standing 5-9.

Keene does not currently appear on the mock drafts at either NBADraft.net or DraftExpress.  He’s slotted in at #50 on Tankathon’s mock draft.

 

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