CMU’s Keene Getting NBA Shot

MT. PLEASANT – After exploding onto the national college basketball scene, former Central Michigan point guard Marcus Keene is ready to make a name for himself in the NBA.

Despite going undrafted at last week’s NBA draft, Keene, who elected to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility, was signed last week by the Washington Wizards to a Summer League deal.   

Keene garnered national attention this winter after becoming the first player since LIU Brooklyn’s Charles Jones in 1996-97 to average 30 points per game.

After transferring from Youngstown State following his sophomore season, Keene sat the 2015-16 season, but averaged 30 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in his lone year on the court for the Chippewas.

“We’re all really excited for him and what the future can hold,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “I think the fans of Mt. Pleasant, they saw glimpses of greatness more times than not. So now it’s going to be able to see on the national scene. It’s going to be exciting to see what the future holds for him.”

The NBA Summer League runs from July 7-17.

The first summer game for Keene and the Wizards is against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, July 8.