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I have a sneaking suspicion that as time goes by, people are going to appreciate more and more what Marquis Teague did for this team this year.
When this team comes to mind, you automatically think Davis, MKG, Miller, Jones, Lamb with Teague as kind of the forgotten man. But as time goes on I think people will start to say, "How about the job that Teague did?"
Got so much better as the season went on and did it without a lot of fanfare that the other players enjoyed. Midway through the season, Seth Davis tweeted, "In the end Marquis Teague, as good as he is, will be UK's undoing. Might not be til last two minutes of championship game but..."
Not sure UK wins it without Teague actually.
I agree. Teague has become an excellent point guard. He managed the team, set them up for their plays, and when it was available, scored himself. He is not a superstar point just yet (and maybe he'll never be one) but he will be a solid point in the NBA a la Ramon Sessions.
Teague is a really good player. I'm not really sure why none of us showed him as much love as he deserved, I guess we are just spoiled with great pg play, and Teague is different from the other PGA we have had in the past. Wall would cram it down your throat, Knight was a sniper. Teague has his own style, with the slashing and he could knock down the midrange jumper as the shot clock wound down. He is also a better shooter than he is given credit for being. We wouldn't have won #8 without him.
This post was edited by BigBlueTopper 2 years ago
"Apparently the University of Kentucky basketball dynasty is to continue forever." - Philadelphia Inquirer, December 23 1954.
^Teague actually played more like a true point guard than are other points. By halfway through the season, he almost always looked to distribute the ball, and only took shots when guys were covered and he was left wide open. Would guess he had less turnovers than Wall or Knight also. May have been underapreciated because people thought he was a weaknes earl, but certainly was not underapreciated by me!
Been huge Teague supporter since mid season.
I was comfortable with Teague maybe 6-7 games into the season. My thought was as long as he learns from his mistakes ( a lot of them) one at a time, I was going to be very happy at the end. I fought for Teague a lot this year. LOL
Teague by the end of the year, was so impressive, especially his clutch calm and collected shots. Sure he took some bad shots, but so did everyone else. He made that 3 at the end, and the free throws that kind of going back to Indiana he would have missed.
I am a big supporter of Teague, and if he stays next year he could be REALLY good.
Teague developed into a great player and was key in leading this team to the title.
I think Teague gets overlooked because a lot of fans soured on him early in the season when he was struggling and never bothered to think about how he was improving since everyone was focused on Ant and Jones.
Teague was the best PG in the country to end the season. He ran the team nearly flawlessly. He knew when to push it, when to score, and when to run the O. He was as important to UK's success as Ant Davis in the end.
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~ Emerson
Teague ran the team better than either of Wall or Knight but he had more weapons too.
I've been on the Teague bandwagon all year myself. Knew he was more than capable of leading this team to a title.
Just 5 weeks ago during the sec
Tournament some of you were citing how Teague would be the weak link that would
Cost us the title. Oh how times
In the end he was as good as running his teams as Wall or B Knight. Maybe even better when it comes to running a team.
The thing about Teague is, if he leaves now he'll get drafted probably anywhere from 18-30 and sit for a team that doesn't really need him when he still needs to develop.
If he comes back, he could go anywhere from 10-15 and still develop as a point guard at UK. Could potentially cost himself around a million dollars if he comes out now.
@DraftExpress For Kentucky fans holding out hope that Marquis Teague might return...don't. He's 100% gone. Only question is when he announces.
Same thing I've been told from sources close to the team. All 5 of the main underclassmen (i.e. - all but Wiltjer) are gone.
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