Marquis Teague answers questions about his NBA decision
From the Indy Star….
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman point guard Marquis Teague had a roller-coaster season for the national champion Kentucky Wildcats.
Rated the No. 1 prospect in the nation at his position coming out of Pike High School, Teague averaged 3.2 turnovers per game to go with his 4.5 assists in the first 13 games.
Over the final 27 games, he had a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He delivered the game of his young career in the NCAA tournament’s Round of 32 against Iowa State: 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, seven assists, four rebounds, two turnovers. He scored 14 points in the national championship game.
He is widely projected to be drafted somewhere between the 20th and 30th picks.
When did you know you were leaving?
“We all kind of talked about it a few days after the (NCAA title) game, talked about what we wanted to do. We kind of knew two or three days after the game.”
Did you seriously consider coming back for another season at UK?
“We all thought about it, even Ant(hony Davis). We just love this school, love playing together, love playing for coach (John) Cal(ipari). We’re just going to miss it. We thought strongly about coming back.”
Did it seem right for all of you to leave? Would it have been weird for one or two to stay behind?
“We all just told each other, ‘Whatever decision is best for you and your family, that’s what you do. Don’t choose off another player or what someone else is doing.’ ”
Your brother Jeff is already in the NBA. How much can he help you with what’s next?
“I’m going to talk to him a lot about it. He’s been through this. He knows the ups and downs of the whole thing. I’m going to be on his phone a lot.”
How involved was he in your decision to stay or go?
“I talked to him a lot. He just told me whatever I felt comfortable with, make the decision that’s best for me. I felt like I played good enough. I won a championship as a point guard for one of the top teams in the country. We did a great job this year. If you feel like you’re ready, go ahead.”