Marcus could be a keeper
It's possible the Denver Nuggets may have landed the best center in the 2003 NBA draft.
No, not second-round pick Xue Yuyang from the Hong Kong Flying Dragons. Rather, it's a prospect they didn't even spend a draft pick on, Western Kentucky's Chris Marcus.
The 7-foot-1, 325-pounder arrived in Denver on Saturday and plans to spend the summer with the Nuggets, hoping to make the team as a free agent.
Marcus began receiving national notice in 2000 as a freshman in the Sun Belt Conference when he was named to the all-league team and was the defensive player of the year and newcomer of the year. As a sophomore, he led the nation in rebounding, averaging 12.1, and was named Sun Belt player of the year.
There was talk Marcus should have turned pro after his sophomore season, but he decided to stay in school. That's when his basketball career took a turn for the worse. Marcus led the Hilltoppers in scoring (15.9), rebounding (8.9) and (2.6) blocked shots his junior season, including 20.8 points and 9.5 rebounds the last six games. But he also missed two months with a stress fracture in his left foot.