Central Michigan's Marcus Keene, nation's leading scorer, declares for NBA Draft

By Ron Clements 28 March 2017
Central Michigan's Marcus Keene, nation's leading scorer, declares for NBA Draft

Marcus Keene is leaving Central Michigan for the NBA.

The Chippewas guard led the nation in scoring at 30 points per game and set a new Mid-American Conference scoring record with 959 points this season. 

"It has always been my dream to compete at the highest level of basketball," Keene said in an Instagram post. "Over the last several weeks it has become clear that this decision is what is best for me moving forward. I look forward to meeting this new challenge that is set in front of me."

 

First and foremost, I want to thank God and my family for the opportunity to play this game that I so dearly love. I also want to thank Coach Davis and his staff for giving me the opportunity to come to Central Michigan and excel. Lastly, I want to thank my teammates who laid it on the line as brothers every time we took the floor. At this time, I would like to announce with the blessings of my family, coaches, and teammates that I will be entering the NBA draft. It has always been my dream to compete at the highest level of basketball. Over the last several weeks it has become clear that this decision is what is best for me moving forward. I look forward to meeting this new challenge that is set in front of me. Thank you to all of the fans who have supported me throughout my time at Central Michigan. I will miss you all. I will forever be a Chippewa and I take great pride in knowing that our program will only continue to get better and better in the future. Fire Up Chips!🙏🏾

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The 5-9 junior became the first NCAA Division I player to score 50 points when he put up 50 in a Jan. 21 home victory over Miami (Ohio). He set a new school record with 125 made 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points an NCAA-best 17 times. His seven games with at least 40 points per contest were the most since the 1990-91 season. 

"We appreciate Marcus for his time at Central Michigan," CMU coach Keno Davis said in a statement released by the school. "The influence Marcus has had will impact the program positively for years to come.

"We wish Marcus the best as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball. He will have a great number of fans and supporters, many of which wear the Maroon and Gold."

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