Nike Hoop Summit Player Profile: Marquis Teague
A 6í2Ē guard from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Ind., Marquis Teague will be one of eight USA Basketball gold medalists taking the floor for the USA in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit. As a member of the USA U17 team that captured an 8-0 record and the gold medal in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, Teague averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 assists in fewer than 20.0 minutes per contest.
One of three future Kentucky Wildcats on the 2011 USA Nike Hoop Summit roster, Teague also looks to join an impressive list of Kentucky players who have left their mark on the Nike Hoop Summit. While Wayne Turner was the first future Wildcat to play in the Nike Hoop Summit in 1995, John Wall broke a U.S. Nike Hoop Summit record with 11 assists in 2009, and last yearís game featured a come-from-behind victory sparked by a 3-pointer and coast-to-coast layup from Kentuckyís Terrence Jones.
The brother of the Atlanta Hawksí Jeff Teague and the son of Shawn Teague, who played for Rick Pitino at Boston University, Marquis Teague, no surprise, has his high school team winning as well. Pike is currently 14-2 (as of Feb. 1), and Teague says he has plans to lead his squad past the sectional championship, where their playoff run ended this past season.†
While you might expect Teague to put on a show on April 9 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., he told USABasketball.com he is more likely to be running the show.
How do feel about reuniting with several of your former USA Basketball teammates?
It should be fun getting to play with some of the best players in the country. It should be a good experience, and Iím ready to do it.
What was the biggest challenge you encountered while playing international basketball?
When we went to Germany for the U17 World Championship we were away from home for so long, that was pretty tough. We had to bond together because we didnít have our families there. That was pretty tough.
What did it feel like when you won the U17 World Championship gold medal?
That was the reason we went there, spent all that time over there, so it was the best feeling in the world. You couldnít ask for anything better.
What do you think of international rules? Is there an international rule youíd like to see the high school game adopt?
I like the fact that we got to smack the ball off the rim. I think high school should adopt that one.
Being able to take the ball off of the rim is a difficult rule to adjust to, did you get one?
Yeah, we all got a few of them by the end of the tournament.
What made Kentucky a good fit for you?
I just felt like they play my style of basketball Ė get up and down the floor, pressure you on defense† Ė and I felt like Coach Cal was the best fit for me.
Several Kentucky players also starred in the Nike Hoop Summit as high school seniors. Did you watch any of them?
Yeah, I watched John Wall (2009). There were a lot of good players on that roster, and they pretty much dominated from what I saw.
What is your favorite training routine or drill?
I donít really have a favorite.
What is your least favorite training routine or drill?
My trainer, he makes me run the football field, and I hate that.
Where is the most room for improvement in your game?
Iím still trying to become a better leader Ė keep working on my outside shot and making sure Iím never taking plays off.
What helps you stay motivated?
I just love the game. I always want to get better. That is my motivation, I just love the game.
Where are you at in your high school season?
Weíre 13-2 so far this season. I feel like Iíve matured a lot. I just feel like Iím leading better, and things are going pretty good.
What do you hope to accomplish in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit?
I just want to come out and win, get everybody involved because when you are playing with great players, you donít have to score all of the points. I just want to come out and be a true point guard and help lead our team to victory.