Monday, September 16, 2013

A Look at Marcus Colbert

Last year, Marcus Colbert was a pleasant surprise for Montana State as a freshman. For the year, he played over half of the team's minutes, and started a fair number of games. He provided steady play in the backcourt for them last season, but will be counted on even more heavily this year. Is he up to the task, and what areas does he need to improve on?

Even though he took pretty good care of the ball, you would like to see the 20.7 TO Rate drop a bit. That is a little bit high for a PG. Similarly, his 19.4 Assist Rate is not bad, but for him to take the next step and become one of the best PGs in the Big Sky, you'd like to see that higher. Those are good numbers for a true freshman, but there is certainly room for improvement there.

He shot a solid 40% from three point range last season, a great number that should make defenses respect his jumpshot. When they start to do that, he needs to be a bit better at finishing at the rim. He shot just 39.1% on twos last season, and only made 32 trips to the free throw line all season. Those are the numbers of a guy settling for mid-range jumpers instead of trying to make it all the way to the rim and getting either a higher percentage shot or a trip to the charity stripe. He needs to make that leap to become a more polished and complete offensive player.

He has the speed and quickness to be an above average PG in the Big Sky, he just needs to add some strength. He has a solid 2.6% steal percentage as a freshman, showcasing his quick hands. He has the ability to be above average both offensively and defensively, which would make him very valuable.

Marcus Colbert had an excellent freshman season in Bozeman, but there is room for him to take the next step and become a top half PG in the conference. His development will be key for MSU, and will be fun to watch as a fan.

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