Sept. 22, 2011
Columbia, Mo. -
Missouri standout Marcus Denmon was named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon Magazine on Thursday. The Kansas City, Mo., native was a fourth team pick by the publication and joined fellow Big 12 standout Perry Jones (Baylor) on the top-four All-America squads.
Denmon is coming off a career year in which he earned first team All-Big 12 recognition and is the lone returning member of that squad in 2011-12. The Hogan Prep High School product averaged 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He led the Tigers in scoring, 3-point field goals (82) and three-point field goal percentage (.448), while ranking among the top 10 of the Big 12 in scoring (7th), field goal percentage (5th), steals (3rd), 3-point percentage (2nd) and 3-point makes per game (5th). Overall the senior guard started 33-of-34 games and reached double figures in 30 contests, topping 20 points 12 times. He also shot 50 percent from the floor for the year, the highest for a Missouri guard since Rickey Paulding in 2001-02.
It was a busy summer for the career 1,000-point scorer. Denmon played for Team USA in the 2011 World University Games in China and helped the Americans to a 7-1 overall record. He averaged 7.6 points and 1.9 steals in the eight games, while making four starts.
Overall Denmon is part of a senior class (joining Laurence Bowers, Kim English, Steve Moore and Jarrett Sutton) that has won 77 games their first three seasons in Black & Gold. That impressive run is highlighted by three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, a 2009 Big 12 Championship and a 51-3 record inside Mizzou Arena.
Denmon and the Tigers are currently going through preseason workouts and officially begin practice on Oct. 14. The season gets started on Oct. 30 with the One State, One Spirit Classic presented by Leggett & Platt in Joplin, Mo. The Tigers will face Missouri Southern State University on ESPNU in a charity event designed to help the city of Joplin following the devastating tornado on May 22.
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