Marcus Keene may not be leaving Mt. Pleasant so fast after all.
Keene took to Instagram Wednesday morning to refute reports from the Associated Press and the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun’s Nate J. Schneider that he was declaring for the NBA Draft early.
I want to thank everyone for the well wishes but I haven't made a decision as of yet, if I will be Declaring for the NBA draft and forgoing my senior year. I will be visiting my parents in April and we will discuss all my options and then an announcement will be made on my future. I am A Chippewa Forever!!
Keene, a junior who transferred from Youngstown State, was the first player in 20 years to average 30 points per game in Division I in 2016-2017 and set multiple scoring records both for the university and the conference, scoring 958 points.
Keene scored above 40 points seven times in the 2016-2017 campaign, a single-season record that surpassed Steph Curry and Jimmer Fredette’s record of 6 during their respective college careers.
If Keene were to leave for the draft, the Chippewas would be starting fresh at both guard positions, as Braylon Rayson is set to graduate. Josh Kozinski, a guard/forward, projects as a shooting guard. Corey Redman, primarily a bench player this past season, could also serve as a guard option. Matt Smith, a freshman, has extremely limited minutes at the point position.
The NBA Draft is set to begin on June 22, with the lottery drawing set for May 26.