Rod Strickland optimistic about protege Marquis Teague’s future

Archie Goodwin and Rod Strickland
Archie Goodwin and Rod Strickland – photo by Walter Cornett |

Rod Strickland’s been here before. A young, explosive point guard he mentored for a year in John Calipari’s program, drafted by the Bulls after a freshman season that concluded with the final game of the NCAA Tournament.  Of course, Marquis Teague’s lone college campaign ended with a championship, he wasn’t the first overall pick in the NBA Draft and he’s not carrying the hopes of an entire city on his back. But Strickland, a former DePaul standout, longtime top-notch NBA floor general and current University of Kentucky assistant coach, believes that although Teague went lower than projected in last week’s draft, it’s a blessing in disguise that he ended up in Chicago, where he can learn from the tutelage of Derrick Rose.


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