KC Scorer Pumps Up His Stock

Marcus Denmon's resume is laced with scoring outbursts. The Kansas City junior guard is becoming a commodity in the Midwest.

Marcus Denmon's cell phone message is long and chock full of information. The 30-second biographical sketch centers around one particular theme: the NBA.

"What do you think he'll do next year? Average 40, 10 and 10?" the voice on the message says.

"That's my cousin being silly on there," Denmon said. "Everybody gets a laugh out of that when they call."

The phone message may be comical but the 31 points per game Denmon is averaging at Hogan Prep in Kansas City are no laughing matter.

"I'm hitting shots and getting my shot off," the Class of 2008 shooting guard said. "Defense too, I've been working on that and my decision making on offense."

Most programs view Denmon as a combo guard but make no mistake about it; his comfort zone is as a scorer. Interestingly enough, it's been his jump shot that has paved the way for the increased scoring output. He's changed his mechanics and adapted to new form.

"Last year in high school basketball I was shooting more of a set shot. Over the summer I started getting a jump shot. I worked on it all summer and before basketball and its starting to come through for me. I'm more consistent and it's falling more. I started jump shooting because I realized that in order to get shots off and help I could get shots off quicker with a hand in my face."

That jump shot has places like Creighton, Missouri State and Wichita State excited. "Creighton has been involved a lot," Denmon said.

"I'm comfortable with the mid-level schools and hopefully the high-majors will come. It could be but I want to play at the highest competition possible."

Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas have been in contact with him at some point this season.

Denmon knows there could be a substantial difference in playing time depending on the level of program he selects. "That's a big difference. I want to go where I can play. A lot of schools that are recruiting me (the mid-majors) tell me that I can come in and play."

He can play alright, and he's proving it as a junior.


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