Living Up To The Potential: Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Denmon came out of relative obscurity to enter the Big 12 Player of the Year race (with Kansas' Marcus Morris and Kansas State's Jacob Pullen)- becoming a genuine star for the 23-win Tigers and scoring 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent from 3 to go along with 3.5 rebounds per game. But it will be difficult for Denmon to live up to his elevated junior year standards in his senior season.
From his sophomore to junior seasons, Denmon elevated his scoring by 7 points per game by shooting better from the field, 3-point land and at the free-throw line. Especially with Frank Haith's more half-court oriented and a slower and more controlled offense than Mike Anderson's system, there will be less opportunities for Denmon in his senior year.
Some telling statistics about a potential demise is Denmon's invitation to and consequential disappointment with Team USA at the World University Games this summer. He averaged 7.6 points, shooting 41.2 percent from the field and only 20 percent from behind the arc.