Last night was the NBA Draft and although there was much drama about it, the Bulls apparently got the guy that they wanted. That guy was Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague.
A lot of people were expecting Will Barton or Doron Lamb’s name to be called when the Bulls turned in their card but it was the freshman point guard who led John Calapari’s Wildcats to a National Championship.
So the begs the question to Bulls fans: who is Marquis Teague?
Marquis Teague came from Pike High School (Indiana) to the University of Kentucky to begin his collegiate basketball career. Teague quickly let his impact be felt as he started all 40 games in the Wildcats’ championship season. In his one-and-only freshman season, he started at point guard averaging 10.0 points and 4.8 assists (the second best in the SEC). Teague is credited for being a pass-first point guard who has great athleticism and quickness.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari says Teague “possesses incredible speed, and he’s a physical finisher. Marquis may be the best pick-and-roll guard we’ve ever had…He also has the ability to be a lockdown defender.”
Teague portrayed great skills at Kentucky, but he also had his flaws, which is reasonable for such a young player. His shooting was not very spectacular anywhere with averages of 41.2% from the field, 32.5% for three-point shooting, and 71.4% on free throws. Teague also experienced troubles while handling the basketball as he averaged 2.7 turnovers. Fortunately, he is still very young, and those are areas he will be able to improve in and continue to do so.
At 19, Teague has much potential to make a name for himself in the league. With starting in every game and helping lead Kentucky to a championship, he has good experience to refer to.
During the NBA Draft Combine, Teague was measured to be 6′ 2″ (with shoes) at a weight of 179 pounds. He has a vertical jump of 40.5 inches and ran the three-quarter court sprint in 3.16 seconds. This impressive performance was all the Bulls received from Teague seeing as they did not have him work out for them. Chicago management was surprised he was even available to select when their turn to draft a player came around. Teague himself shared the same shock.
“I was pretty surprised,” mentioned Teague. “I thought my name would be called earlier, but I’m happy with the situation I’m in, and I’m feeling great about playing for the Bulls.”
Bulls general manager Gar Forman is also feeling great about the Bulls’ 29th pick.
“We feel we got a real value in this pick,” Forman said. “He’s another guy who can break defenses down, get in the paint, and make plays for himself and others. He has great speed and quickness and a really, really high ceiling.”
Teague will now have the opportunity to continue his success and live up to expectations for the team he looked up to (according to his older brother/Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff).