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Full Name: Christopher Lee Marcus
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 7-1 (2.16 m)/ 285 (129.3 kg)
Birthdate: December 11, 1979 (Chicago, Ill.)
High School: Olympic HS (Charlotte, N.C.)
College: Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
1999-002925133223.59678114.68427518137634411.9
2000-013131197360.547124194.64937428199751816.7
2001-02151083157.52973104.702134333923915.9
2002-034059.556221.00012102123.0
Totals7966418749.558277414.6697955035214111314.1
Three-point field goals: 0-for-0 (.000).

Originally applied for inclusion in 2002 NBA Draft, but later withdrew his name from consideration and underwent surgery on his left ankle in June 2002. Earned a fourth year of athletic eligibility back by completing his undergraduate degree in sociology/criminology during summer of 2002.

Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP (2001, 2002). Finished career as Western Kentuckyís all-time leader in blocks (214), despite missing much of final two seasons with foot injuries. In 2000-01, was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year as well as MVP of the Sun Belt Tournament.

Senior (2002-03): Missed the first 12 games of the season due to soreness in his surgically repaired left foot. Made his season debut vs. Middle Tennessee State January 4. In early February, was declared out for the season.

Junior (2001-02): Missed two months with a stress fracture in his left foot. Led his team in scoring (15.9 rpg), rebounds (8.9 rpg) and blocks (2.6 bpg). Averaged 20.8 points and 9.5 rebounds over his last six games. Was the teamís leading scorer seven times and leading rebounder nine times.

Sophomore (2000-01): Led the nation in rebounding (12.1 rpg) and finished 11th in the nation in blocks (97), which set a single-season school record. Led team in scoring (16.7 ppg). Averaged 25.0 points and 15.0 rebounds over three games in the Sun Belt Tournament. His 20 double-doubles for the year was third-highest total in the nation. Fired in 27 points and added 19 rebounds vs. South Alabama. Contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. Louisville to earn Sun Belt Player of the Week honors. Narrowly missed first triple-double in school history when he tallied 12 points, a career-high 21 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots vs. Tennessee State.

Freshman (1999-00): Named All-Sun Belt Conference, while also picking up Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors. Led the conference in rebounding (9.5 rpg, 14th in nation) and blocks (2.62 bpg, 22nd in nation). Set a then-school record with 76 blocks. Notched 10 double-doubles. Sat out 1998-99 season to concentrate on academics.

Strengths: Has a 92-inch wingspan, enabling him to block shots without making body contact. Has a classic low-post offensive game that relies on strength and positioning.

Personal: Enrolled as a graduate student for the 2002-03 academic year.