If you're a talented three-point shooter and are looking for an offense to showcase your talents, the program in Mount Pleasant seems to be the ideal location.
That's what Youngstown State transfer Marcus Keene must have thought, as he committed to Keno Davis and the Chippewa program early Sunday afternoon. Evan Daniels of Scout first broke the news:
Marcus Keene is transferring to Central Michigan, per a source. Will have 2 years of eligibility. Led Youngstown State in scoring last year.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 19, 2015
Last season, Keene led the Penguins in scoring at nearly 16 per game, and held a fantastic shooting percentage line of 45/42/79 (FG, 3PT, FT). As Central Michigan is a team that likes to get a lot of shots up, Keene's ability to hit high-percentage shots will be huge in the offensive scheme. He averaged seven three-point attempts per game, which is right in line with what CMU wants to do. Keene is also active on the boards, picking up 3.5 a game. That's pretty impressive from a 5-foot-11 point guard.
Keene will have to sit out a year per NCAA rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining. That's probably a good thing, as he wouldn't get too much playing time this year other than giving soon-to-be senior point guard Chris Fowler a breather. Keene can use his year off to learn from the experienced Fowler and get better by going up against him in practice every day.
The move wasn't about getting closer to home either - Keene is originally from San Antonio. He clearly looked for what program fit his playing style and his numbers suggest he will thrive in Keno Davis's offense. If there was any thought that Central Michigan would possible fade after next season, put that on hold as Davis looks to be building a solid program in Mt. Pleasant.