Muggsy Bouges on Markquis Nowell: ‘Reminds Me of Damon Stoudemire…He’s the New Mighty Mouse’
Muggsy Bogues knows a thing or two about being discounted because of size, and that’s exactly what former Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell is facing as he prepares for the NBA Draft. Well, by listening to Bogues, we shouldn’t be all that concerned about Nowell’s stature.
“Markquis Nowell reminds me of Damon Stoudemire,” Bogues said, via BasketballNews.com’s Etan Thomas. “He’s the new Mighty Mouse. He has his scoring ability and he has the understanding of how to run a team, how to make everyone around him better, and how to be that extension of the coach.”
Stoudemire scored nearly 12,000 points, while tallying 5,371 assists and 953 steals throughout his NBA career, which featured stops with the Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. So, anything similar to that would be outstanding.
Nowell, who was recently named the Bob Cousy Award winner by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame during the ESPN College GameDay Show, finished his career averaging 14.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. That included career highs of 17.6 points, 8.3 dimes and 3.5 boards per contest during this Cousy Award campaign.
“I’m honored to receive the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard,” Nowell said. “To be mentioned among the best players in the country at my position is truly a blessing. I want to give all the honor and glory to God for giving me the platform to showcase my talents and gifts this season. I’m not here without his grace.
“I can’t thank my teammates and coaches enough for all their hard work and sacrifice. It all started with Ish [Massoud] and I, and Coach [Jerome] Tang and his staff were able build a team around us and we became like brothers. We had a great year that I will always remember. I also want to thank my family for their sacrifice in helping me become the player and man I am today. Finally, a special shout out to K-State Nation for all their love and support during my career.”
In concluding his time in Manhattan, Nowell recently electrified the college basketball world with an incredible NCAA Tournament. Prior to the third-seeded Wildcats’ exit in the Elite Eight against No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic, Nowell became the first player to eclipse the 50-assist mark in the Big Dance since Illinois’ Deron Williams in 2005. Two days earlier, he set the NCAA Tournament single-game assist record with 19 dimes in a victory over seventh-seeded Michigan State.