Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Class of 2019 standout swingman Marcedus Leech has had a busy summer, playing with the St. Louis Eagles’ 16U and 17U squads, attending the Nike Elite 100 and visiting schools.
But with the hectic schedule the talented lefty scorer has continued to focus on working on his game. The 6-foot-5 scorer has spent much of his time in the St. Louis area working with Alex Bazzell of Pure Sweat Basketball.
“My whole game is getting better,” Leech told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “We decided to work on one full thing for each summer to get better at. So by the time my senior year comes we’ll be working on something different as far as the next-level type stuff to get better at. He does a great job with training me. I follow every instruction he gives me because he’s been there. We’re going to keep it going.”
What is the shooting guard working on, specifically, this summer?
“Coming off screens,” Leech said. “Coming off ball screens. Attacking off the dribble. Being able to create space.”
Those skills were on display last weekend when Leech was playing up with the St. Louis Eagles 17U squad and helped them with the Battle For The Arch championship in the 17U division.
Leech’s best moment may have been knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the left corner to jump start the Eagles during a tournament round game when they were struggling offensively.
“I had a role and that role was to come off the bench and provide a spark,” Leech said. “Whatever comes with it comes with it. I played well with these guys and hopefully I’ll be able to play with these guys for next week too.”
The 17U Eagles, who were playing with just seven players, were able to defeat Leech’s old squad, the 16U Eagles, in overtime in the championship game. So after playing with the 16s most of the summer, the Poplar Bluff standout had to face his old teammates.
“It was very weird,” Leech said. “It was very weird. They tried to intimidate me but people do that all the time. It don’t work no more. It was good. It was a good game.”
Leech’s work has paid off in the form of scholarship offers and interest from coaches.
“It’s just an honor,” Leech said of the offer from the Jayhawks. “It shows me that I’ve been working hard and that I have to keep it up so I can keep getting looked at and keep on working.”
Leech's play this summer helped him earn an invitation to the Nike Elite 100 in St. Louis.
He said he learned a lot at the prestigious camp, both on and off the court. Those were the major takeaways for him.
“As far as being off the court and on the court, they taught me a lot,” he said. “As far as on the court, there was a lot of great competition out there, a lot of top players there that I got to face. It was a great experience.”
The talent level was something else, too.
“That was the most talent at that one camp that I’ve ever been at,” he said.
But Leech said he felt like he held his own against the best of the best.
“I did good,” Leech said. “I feel like my shot, I was shooting kind of inconsistently there. That’s one part I have to get better at and I work on my shot each and every day. I just have to get better at shooting.”
What’s next for Leech?
He said he’s not sure. He doesn’t have any visits to schools planned but he’s sure something will come up.
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