There is a good write-up on Marcus at KUSports.
Is there still fans out there thinking Marcus doesn’t deserve playing time or when we play Marcus we are eventually doomed?
It seems that many voices against Marcus started to die down last year, before Marcus was hurt when he drove to the basket with ease. Marcus started to show us he can be an offensive threat.
Does Marcus have potential at the next level? I think he does. He’s doing an excellent job in the areas of the game that are hard to coach up players on. When he leaves Kansas, he will have a lot more time to work on his game, on his jump shot, on his handles. He will have access to specialty coaches who can help polish his game. I know most people don’t look at the NBA as a place where defense is valued. But defense counts, especially in June.
Self is open in praising Marcus and how he loves to coach him. That says something we should all listen to. And I bet it will carry some weight at the next level.
Marcus is the perfect candidate to take a trip next summer to hook up with someone like a John Lucas who can guide him through his shooting mechanics, and also help polish his finishes at the rim.
Marcus is a team guy. He makes other players look better. He makes defense look better and he’s a good passer who sees the game well. He fills in some areas on the stat line to help the team look better. I bet his time on the court shows a positive gain on the scoreboard.
If we go far in March this year we will have Marcus to thank for that. He’s a glue guy who makes the team better.