Alec Peters, Markelle Fultz, Malik Monk and Jamal Artis. These are the some of the most well known scorers in College Basketball and rightfully so. However, there is one name that is above them all that many do not know…Marcus Keene. Keene is a junior transfer at Central Michigan who is averaging an incredible 28.7 points per game.
To put that number in perspective, the last player to average over 28 per game in the regular season was Jimmer Fredette in the 2010/2011 season. Even more impressive is last player to average over 29 per game was when Jason Conley did it for the Virginia Military Institute in 2001/2002.
Keene is a 5-foot-9, 175 pound junior guard who played his first two seasons at Youngstown State. He sat out last year per NCAA rules on transfer. During his first two years at Youngstown State, he proved that he could be a capable scorer by averaging 15 per game his sophomore season.
There were also certain games were he showed his streaky shooting ability, scoring 29 points on Illinois State, 28 on UNC-Greensboro and 24 on Robert Morris and his future team Central Michigan.
Keene started to become unhappy at YSU because he was being forced to play shooting guard. He felt he would be most useful running the offense through him at the point. When his concerns were not answered by the coaching staff, he left after his sophomore year to go play for well respected coach Keno Davis at Central Michigan.
As I stated above, Keene was forced to sit out and red-shirt last season because he transferred. Once he could play this season, he wasted no time making his presence known. In their first five games, he scored 30 or more in three of them and had 23 points or more in all five. In one their biggest games to date, he scored 33 points and almost willed his team to victory over the best team in the conference, Akron. However, they lost the game 89-85 despite Keene’s play.
Throughout this season, he has two games with 40 or more points scored and an impressive ten games with 30 or more points. This leads the nation in this category, just like he does in average points per 40 minutes. He has been not only one of the best scorers in the nation this year, but he has also been very efficient from the field, shooting 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from three.
Another thing that make his season so impressive so far is he is averaging 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He truly has been an all-around player for the Chippewas. His versatility, athleticism, speed and intelligence make him an absolutely lethal threat for CMU.
However, he went on a bit of a cold streak to end December and start January. For three games, he was a total of 15-52 (29%) and was only 6-27 (22%) from behind the line. He also had the only two games this season where he failed to score 20 points (Chicago State, Northern Illinois).
He got back on track against Akron and has been the same Marcus Keene since. It will be fun to watch him as he finishes up the season to see if he can finish strong and be the first player to average 29 points a game since Conley.
The scoring machine Marcus Keene.