#10 Greatest Player In Hilltopper History
10. Chris Marcus – (2000-02) – (7′ 1″ Center – Charlotte, NC)
After sitting out his first year on the Hill Chris Marcus emerged on the scene in the 1999-00 season as a redshirt freshman by averaging 11.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and being named Sun Belt Defender of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. An impressive feat considering that Marcus had only played one year of high school basketball prior to arriving at WKU.
As a sophomore, Marcus’ improvement was even more remarkable as he led the nation in rebounding at 12.1 per game while also leading the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game. His dominant play carried the Toppers to a 24-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
As a junior Marcus again led the Toppers in scoring and rebounding at 15.9 and 8.9 respectively. However, a foot injury caused him to miss several games and hampered his effectiveness upon his return late in the season. Even so, the Hilltoppers recorded an impressive 28-4 record while advancing to their second straight NCAA Tournament.
Marcus returned for his senior season in 2002 but the lingering effects of his foot injury eventually led to his leaving the team prior to the end of the season. Once considered an almost sure NBA lottery pick Marcus’ injury essentially ended a once promising professional career.
In essentially a little over two years of playing time Marcus scored 1,113 points to rank 33rd all-time at WKU while also setting what was then the all-time blocked shot record by swatting away 214 shots.