Over the first month of the season, there have been plenty of stellar individual performances. From 40-point performances to triple-double games, players have put together some remarkable games in 2016-17.
However, nobody has been as consistent on the offensive end of the floor as junior guard Marcus Keene has been for the Central Michigan Chippewas.
In his first season with the Chippewas after transferring from the Youngstown State Penguins, the native of San Antonio, TX has been filling up the box score since his first game in a Central Michigan uniform.
Keene wasted little time making an impact with his new team, recording a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds in the Chippewas’ season opening win over IU-Kokomo,
As the season has moved along, he has showed no signs of slowing down.
Over the past seven days, the Chippewas went 1-1 in their two games, and pushed their record to 8-3 overall. Keene played 77 of a possible 80 minutes over the two games, and put up his first 40-point game of the season.
For his efforts this past week, Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 5 – 11, 2016!
The case could have been made for Keene to receive Player of the Week honours each week this season, and it was only a matter of time before his name appeared in the headline.
This past week, the Chippewas closed out a three-game home stand with a date against the Green Bay Phoenix on Tuesday evening, before going on the road on Saturday to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Against the Phoenix, points were not hard to come by for either team, as they combined for 204 points on the night. In the end, the Chippewas came away with the 107-97 victory over Green Bay, completing a perfect 3-0 home stand for Central Michigan.
The play of Keene was a big factor in the victory. In 39 minutes of action, he record a season-high 40 points, going 12-of-23 from the field and 6-of-12 from three point range on the night. He also dished out 11 assists for his second double-double of the year, and grabbed 7 rebounds.
It was Keene’s fifth-straight game with at least 31 points, and his eighth game on the season with 30 or more.
Fellow Texan Braylon Rayson added a career-high 30 points for the Chippewas.
On Saturday, it was a quieter night for Keene against the Illini, but he was still impressive. The Chippewas suffered a 92-73 loss against Illinois, but Keene recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Saturday marked his worst shooting performance of the young season, as he was held to 39.1% (9-of-23) shooting from the field. It was the first time that Keene finished a game with a field goal percentage below 41.7% in 2016-17.
Over the two games, Keene averaged a modest 32.5 points per contest, while adding a casual 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Simply put, Keene has been on fire this season on offense.
He’s currently leading the nation in scoring, averaging 30.8 points per contest. That’s more than five points more than the second-highest mark, which is held by DeWayne Russell of the Grand Canyon Antelopes (25.4 ppg).
Add in the fact that Keene has scored in double-figures in every game this season for the Chippewas, and is shooting an impressive 51.1% from the field, you’d be hard-pressed to find a player who has been more consistent since the start of the season.
After averaging close to a double-double over the Chippewas’ two games this past week, junior guard Marcus Keene has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 5 – 11, 2016!
– T. Bennett
Nov. 28 – Dec, 4, 2016: Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Nov. 21 – 27, 2016: Marquise Moore, George Mason Patriots
Nov. 14 – 20, 2016: Eric Mika, BYU Cougars
Nov. 11 – 13, 2016: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers
**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC