Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
WASHINGTON – Marcus Keene has signed with the Washington Wizards.
Keene, who dazzled and electrified in leading the nation in scoring during his one season as a Central Michigan Chippewa, signed with the NBA club last weekend.
He is expected to play with Washington’s summer league team which begins play in Las Vegas on July 7.
“Really exciting not only to have had him in our program, but now for our fans to be able to follow him, and for him to fulfill his dream of being a professional basketball player,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “He had talked about, and had aspired to be, on an NBA roster and this will give him the opportunity to showcase his talents on a very large stage.”
Keene enjoyed a remarkable junior season at CMU after transferring from Youngstown State. The Texas native averaged a program-record 30.0 points per game, and became the first NCAA Division I player in 20 years to average 30.
His 959 total points are a single-season Mid-American Conference record. He earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors and received All-America honorable mention.
Keene had seven games in which he scored 40 or more points, and a nation-leading 17 in which he scored at least 30. His 50-point effort against Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 21 ranks as the third-highest total in CMU history.
Keene tied the CMU record with 10 3-pointers in that game against Miami and his 30-point scoring average, his 959 points, his 125 3-pointers and his 340 3-pointers attempted all stand as CMU single-season records.
Keene also made 208 free throws in 254 attempts. His free throws made are a Chippewa record, while his number of attempts rank second in program history.