Shocked he was still available, the Chicago Bulls selected a player they didn’t even bring in for a personal workout at the Berto Center. Marquis Teague, the 6’2 point-guard from the national champion Kentucky Wildcats, is the newest member of the Chicago Bulls. “We were very excited that Marquis was still on the board. We feel we got a real value in this pick,” said Bulls GM, Gar Forman, after the draft pick was made. The 19 year old freshman does not have much experience at the college level, aside from playing alongside the #1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, on the quest to the National Championship, but the Bulls felt he was too good of a point guard prospect (he was the 4th to be chosen at his position) to pass up with their sole pick in this year’s draft. Teague averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 assists in 32.6 minutes per game (the 5th most minutes of any D-1 player). Teague will likely back-up John Lucas III or a yet to be named starting point guard in the 2012-2013 season while Derrick Rose recovers. Teague’s older brother, Jeff Teague, is the point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, who Bulls fans will note from the second round of the 2011 Playoffs.
Speed, excellent first step
Decision making, tends to try to do too much
Inconsistent from long range
Sometimes looks for his own shot when he should be looking for teammates
Tyshawn Taylor, who was the presumed pick for the Bulls, as reported earlier today, was not chosen in the first round. Neither was Will Barton, who was the only player to have two workouts with the Bulls.
NBA Draft Combine Interview:
Bulls TV caught up with Gar Forman post draft to talk about Marquis Teague and how pleased the organization was that he was still available at the 29th pick, “we truly didn’t expect him to be there”: