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Prospect Profile

Marquis Teague

  • Full Name: Marquis Teague
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-2 / 189
  • Birthdate: April 28, 1993
  • College: Kentucky
Chicago Bulls Round 1: Pick 29
 

Strengths:
*Great speed and quickness.
*Effective penetrator and finisher.
*Good passer.

Weaknesses:
*Jump shot needs to become more consistent.
*Still learning to be a pass-first point guard.

NBA projection:
Teague is still trying to decide whether to remain in school for another year. He definitely has the physical tools to become an effective point guard in the NBA. His jump shot will need to become more consistent for him to truly thrive at the next level, but he’ll have plenty of opportunity to work on it.

2011-12 Season:
Not surprisingly, like most freshman point guards, Teague went through an adjustment period early in the season as he transitioned to the job of full-time set-up man. He committed six turnovers in two of his first four games but had that many in a game only one more time the rest of the season. As the year progressed, Teague’s assist-to-turnover ratio improved considerably, and he also became a more effective weapon as a scorer by being patient and taking what the defense gave him.

Key statistics:
10.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.7 tpg, 0.9 spg, 32.6 mpg, .412 FG, .325 3PT, .714 FT

Cool statistic:
Teague’s assist-to-turnover ratio was better than all but one of the one-and-done point guards who have played for John Calipari the last five seasons. Teague and Derrick Rose tied at 1.7-1. John Wall was next at 1.6-1, following by Brandon Knight (1.3-1) and Tyreke Evans (1.1-1).

Reminds me of:
Rajon Rondo.

What Insiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
“He’s very coachable. And he’s tough. I call him a bulldog. He’s absolutely a bulldog. I have so much confidence in him as a player. I did when I saw him as a sophomore. I looked at this kid and said ‘oh my gosh.’ Size, athleticism, smart. … But it’s hard [making the adjustment from high school]
“I had Tyreke Evans score 40 a game in high school—I had to make him a point guard. John Wall scored 26 a game in high school, and you try to make him a point guard. That’s a hard deal for those guys. They’re used to scoring. That’s the first thing. They’re got to get out of that mode. And [Teague] has.”

What Outsiders Say:
Florida coach Billy Donovan
“He’s got great speed and quickness. He knows where the ball needs to go.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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