Marquese De'Shawn Chriss was born in Sacramento, California, to Shawntae and Michael Wright. He is the fourth oldest among nine siblings. Prior to attending high school, Chriss played both basketball and football. However, he broke his collarbone during a football game in eighth grade and focused on basketball thereafter. Chriss attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. He was nearly cut from the school's basketball team as a freshman but managed to make the squad based on his energy and effort. A year later, he started for the varsity team and led the school to a 28-6 record and a state championship. As a senior in 2014-15, Chriss averaged 21.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. Learn more by following him on Twitter and Instagram (@quese).