Player Mailbag: Marquese Discusses Rookie Life, Tattoos and More

by Lauren Sokol
Social Media Producer

Marquese Chriss sat down with to answer fan submitted questions via the Player Mailbag. Check out his answers below.

Name: Peter Gruca
Location: NJ
Question: What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?

Marquese: I think the people. Everybody is really welcoming, they made me feel comfortable as soon as I got here. The weather too.

Name: Quiesha Hamm
Location: New Haven, CT
Question: Do you have any hobbies other than playing basketball or football? If so, what are they?

Marquese: I play videogames… that’s pretty much it. I play 2K, I play a game called Mafia. I play Dying Light. That’s pretty much it.

Name: Anthony Hyde
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Question: Who has been your most valuable teacher this year, either player or coach, and why?

Marquese: Tyson and Earl. They’re always being honest with me and telling me stuff when I mess up and teaching me as they go along. It’s not in a negative way, they’re being teachers.

Name: Casey Wright
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Question: Who did you look up to in the basketball world when you were growing up?

Marquese: I never really watched basketball. I still like my favorite player, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge. And it’s not as if I watched them all the time, but when I saw them play, I just liked the way that they played.

Name: Dylan Buckor
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Question: When are you coming back to Pleasant Grove?!?!

Marquese: Ah man, probably not for a while. Probably during the summer I’ll get to go home. They need to hurry up and retire some jerseys up there.

Name: Dominic Zagara
Location: Burton, MI
Question: How old were you when you dunked for the first time?

Marquese: 14.

Name: Wendy Robinson
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Question: You’re doing really well, Marquese and I love how you’re getting really comfortable on the court. Keep up the good work. What do you miss the most from UW?

Marquese: I think I just miss the environment. It just felt like home, everything about it from the coaching staff and the teachers and my teammates. It was a fun experience for me and I miss it.

Name: Renato Dodge
Location: CA
Question: Do you hang out with the team in your free time? Who do you hang out with the most, and what do you guys do?

Marquese: Me, Tyler and Book hang out probably majority of the time, and then Al will come over and hang out or we will go out and see a movie, eat, stuff like that.

Name: Lincoln Huffman
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Question: What is your preferred brand of toothpaste?

Marquese: Probably Crest.

Name: Laiba Chaudhary
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Question: How many tattoos do you have? Are you planning to get a new one anytime soon?

Marquese: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Yeah, nine, and I am going to get more.

Name: Ian Kaz
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Question: Have you gotten any sort of rookie treatment yet?

Marquese: Just having to carry stuff really, that’s it. It’s nothing crazy. They say we’ve got it easy. The earliest we’ve got to be here is like an hour and a half. They said in the old NBA they would have to get here two and a half hours early, so I think we got it easy.

Name: Jefte Merlin
Location: Seattle, WA
Question: Who do you look up to the most?

Marquese: My mom. I just think she’s resilient, and she’s a fighter. She’s a hard worker. She gives me my sense of pride and my sense of competitiveness and everything like that.

Name: Jason Castillo
Location: Pasco, WA
Question: Why did you pick No. 0?

Marquese: It was just something different. I’ve been a bunch of different numbers. I’ve been number 8, 7, 22, 33, number 1. I was number 22 because Rudy Gay was number 22, but that was in high school. They didn’t have a number 22 jersey, so I was number 33. My senior year my point guard when I was a sophomore told me be number one, because only him and his brother wore it, so then I wore number one. I got to college and I was like I might as well change it up and wear 0.

Marquese Chriss Throws Down Insane Alley-Oop

Name: Steven Vinson
Location: Bellingham, WA

Marquese: I don’t know, I wish I had an answer. I honestly couldn’t see the ball, I just kinda stuck my hand up. I was a little mad, so I was just trying to dunk the ball as hard as I could and I ended up falling.

Name: Casey Wright
Location: Mesa, AZ
Question: What is something you always wanted to do that you haven’t yet?

Marquese: Hit a buzzer-beater.

Name: Jason Hughes
Location: Sacramento, CA
Question: What’s been the highlight of your rookie year so far? Good luck the rest of the season!

Marquese: There’s been a lot. The close games. Book hitting tough shots. I think a lot of them have to do with my teammates. I think it’s just fun cheering them on, especially later in the games when all the vets are in and they’re making tough plays. Like when Bled hit the buzzer-beater against Portland, and we got to run on the court. It’s things like that.

Name: Ericka Soto
Location: Laveen, AZ
Question: What do you like about being a professional basketball player? What do you dislike?

Marquese: I love that this is my life. My life is surrounded around basketball, everything I do it’s tailored towards becoming better at this and becoming a better person on and off the court. The worst part? I can’t really think of anything that’s bad. I’m doing something that I love to do and it’s my job, I’m getting paid for it.

Name: Todd DiMenna
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
Question: How was the transformation from college to the NBA, and how are you adjusting?

Marquese: Honestly, I think it was smoother than most people expected, and that I even expected. I think the coaches made me feel comfortable in my own skin and what I was able to do, so going into Summer League I felt fine. I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t anxious. I felt prepared.

Name: Samuel Denny
Location: England
Question: Do you watch soccer? If so, who is your favorite team?

Marquese: I don’t watch soccer, but I play FIFA. That’s pretty much it.

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