May 24, 2014 - During this Nike EYBL travel team season, Class of 2015 forward and Georgetown commit Marcus Derrickson has struggled somewhat. Sure he's shown the ability to hit three pointers, making 50% of his 28% long ball attempts. The 6'8", 250 pound performer has also been Takeover's most consistent rebounder as well.
Nevertheless, he hasn't been as effective as possible or necessary during Takeover's 2014 campaign; Derrickson has not been as aggressive offensively as he needs to. Before today, Marcus' low point total was zero (he only played four minutes that game), while 14 stood as his high mark. Derrickson is capable of more. A lot more.
This dynamic existed during Takeover's 81-74 win over Albany City Rocks last weekend during the EYBL's Hampton stop. Derrickson pulled down nine rebounds, yet only went 1-5 from the field, production that ended up at five points, 0-3 from three point land.
Afterward, Derrickson admitted "I wasn't being aggressive enough going to the basket". To his credit he didn't force things, instead sharing "I was just looking for the easy play". Nevertheless he critiqued "Today I didn't hardly put the ball on the ground, getting to the rim".
This Saturday morning, apparently, was different.
During the EYBL's Minneapolis leg, Derrickson starred, going 26 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in Takeover's 72-69 win over California Supreme. What's more, Marcus hit the game winning shot.
"It was a big shot" said Takeover's assistant coach Brenden Straughn via telephone of the play. "He was ready to shoot. He was feeling good all game, he went 6-8 from three. There was no doubt about it, he was going to take that shot".
Straughn, an up and coming coach noted Derrickson was aggressive throughout and "showed his versatility". The coach also noted of Marcus "He was the absolute best player on the floor".
For more on Derrickson's performance from Straughn, see Premium Court. Also there are Derrickson's quotes about maintaining/improving his physical conditioning, as well as his incoming class of Jessie Govan and Noah Dickerson, including the positions each are slated to compete at.
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