"I really felt like I was just forgetting my hometown, and I did not want to do that," said Campbell of being listed as hailing from Albany, Ga., in last season's media guide. "I grew up in Winter Haven, Fla. I only spent two years in Albany, and I do not consider that my hometown.
"I tried to get it changed last season, but I was told that since that was were I finished high school that it needed to stay for the time being. This season it is going to be right. When you are from Winter Haven, you do not forget your roots."
While Campbell my feel strongly about his hometown, he admits that is not necessarily the place he grew up.
As a freshman in high school, Campbell transferred to Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. After playing two seasons for Mt. Zion, Campbell transferred to Westover High School in Albany, Ga.
"Going up to Mt. Zion was a great opportunity. That is where Tracy McGrady played in high school," Campbell explained. "My mom and I knew that if I wanted to make it to the NBA, that I would have to make some sacrifices. Being away from home and my mother were some of those sacrifices.
"After my 10th grade year, Mt. Zion kind of broke up and I did not want to be around a school during that, so I transferred to Westover. Being on my own really helped me to become a hard worker. I know that I have to work hard for whatever I want. That experience kind of gave me that, 'I can do it myself' attitude."
Do not think, however, that just because he thinks he can do it by himself that he is not a team player. In fact, that is one of Campbell's favorite parts about this year's team.
"We do everything together. We go to football games, hang out and we even cook out," Campbell said. "We will all go over and pitch in for food and 'Z' (Derrick Zimmerman) and Timmy (Bowers) will cook. Those are the times that make up play as a team. They make you ready for battle."
It is that team atmosphere that really brought Marcus to campus last fall. He admits that he could see the potential to build here at MSU.
"I had offers from a lot of schools that we played against last season, most of the SEC," Campbell said. "I narrowed my list to NC State, Clemson and MSU. I really looked at the team here and could tell that they were ready to build a dynasty. That was the most important thing for me, I wanted to go somewhere that I could help build into being great. That is my goal. I want to leave my mark."
Campbell has already left his impression on the MSU history books becoming the first seven-footer to play as a Bulldog. And after showing promise last season and in the recent exhibition, Campbell looks to be ready to make his mark in other areas.
"I really learned a lot in the last game before the SEC tournament last season at South Carolina," Campbell said. "I think Mario (Austin) was in foul trouble, and I had to come in and play. That is where I learned what it takes to be good in the league.
"This season I hope to improve my defense. I have been working hard to get better defensively. I am just ready to get on the court and help this team."
Grant Alford is a free-lance correspondent for Gene's Page. He is a student at Mississippi State University. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.