Class of 2019 Intro: Marcedus Leech

Poplar Bluff (Mo.) freshman shooting guard Marcedus Leech is a prospect to keep an eye on.

The state of Missouri has produced some impressive basketball talent throughout the years, with Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum and Michael Porter being some of the most recent blue-chip prospects. 

Marcedus Leech, a high-flying, high-scoring 6-foot-5 Class of 2019 shooting guard at Poplar Bluff High School, may join that elite company in a few years.

“I did good as a freshman,” Leech said. “In our conference I averaged almost 27 (points per game) and got the award for leading in scoring. So I played good as a freshman at a 5A school. I was getting doubled a lot, but I had to get used to it. It turned out good for me. We didn’t win districts, but I had a good season.”

The lefty, who has drawn some comparisons to James Harden, was one of the most prolific scorers in the Show-Me State this winter and already has early scholarship offers from Missouri, New Mexico State and Missouri State as well as interest from many others.

“It’s going good,” Leech said of his recruitment. “I’m just trying to focus on getting better every single day and growing as a player.”

The offer from the Tigers was a big one for Leech.

“It’s an honor just to get an offer from your home state,” he said. 

The 15-year-old has plenty of work to do on his game, including adding strength and building up his slender 160-pound frame, but he’s already gaining some early attention. 

A Youtube video from CityLeagueHoopsTV of Leech’s exploits during a camp last summer already has more than 66,000 views. 

“A lot of people know of me now,” he said. “It’s great how the internet can get you from here to here.”

But the 15-year-old certainly isn’t where he wants to be. He’s aware of what he needs to do to get better and is constantly working on his game. 

He’s running with the St. Louis Eagles’ 16U squad this summer, a talented group that includes Fred Thatch, Darius Beane, Francis Okoro and James Wiseman, and the youngster’s reasoning behind that decision shows that he is driven for more in his future.

“I just like the competition and I like the flow of it.” Leech said of playing with the Eagles. “I like how they push their players to get better and that’s what I need around me to get to the next level.”

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