It has been said that patience is a virtue. Many have also been told that good things come to those who wait. Both of these idioms could be attributed to former Youngstown State player and current Central Michigan superstar guard Marcus Keene. Now a redshirt junior, the 5’9” Keene sat out last season as a transfer, after two quality ones for the Penguins. In his sophomore campaign, he averaged 15.6 points per game. But the 2016-17 season is already becoming a special one for Keene, as the Chippewas are off to a 5-2 start.
The biggest reason that Central Michigan is one of the MAC’s top teams is because Keene is leading the nation in scoring at 29.6 points per game. He is currently ahead of the nation’s second-leading scorer by about four points per game. Not all transfers meld so well with their new teams. But Keene is impressively averaging over 51% from the field and nearly 84% from the free throw line. He has scored at least 23 points in every game this season.
Meanwhile, Keene’s former teammate and Penguins junior guard Cameron Morse is currently ninth in the country in scoring at 23.7 points per game, and even scored 40 in a game this season. In an April 2015 article in the Detroit Free Press, Keene said of Youngstown State, “I liked the coaching staff and the players but I wanted to go to a different spot, a winning organization.” Keene had a good point about YSU basketball, which was basically what this column was about from this past April: https://hleaguehoops.com/2016/04/27/youngstown-state-struggles-to-break-through-ceiling-of-mediocrity/ .
Morse was one of the nation’s most improved players last season, having increased his scoring average by 14.3 points per game from the 2014-15 season to the 2015-16 season. From the same 2014-15 season to this 2016-17 season, Keene has increased his own scoring average by nearly the exact same amount…currently 14.0 points per game (from 15.6 to 29.6). Central Michigan is currently averaging 91.0 points per game, while Youngstown State is averaging 82.3 ppg. Keene is likely to continue leading the nation in points, as he is scoring about 32.5% of his team’s points. Morse is scoring about 28.8% of YSU’s points. It is clear that both Keene and Morse are flourishing on their respective teams.