Missouri standout Marcus Denmon was named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon Magazine on Thursday. The Kansas City, Mo., native was a fourth team pick by the publication and joined fellow Big 12 standout Perry Jones (Baylor) on the top-four All-America squads.
Denmon is coming off a career year in which he earned first team All-Big 12 recognition and is the lone returning member of that squad in 2011-12. The Hogan Prep High School product averaged 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He led the Tigers in scoring, 3-point field goals (82) and three-point field goal percentage (.448), while ranking among the top 10 of the Big 12 in scoring (7th), field goal percentage (5th), steals (3rd), 3-point percentage (2nd) and 3-point makes per game (5th). Overall the senior guard started 33-of-34 games and reached double figures in 30 contests, topping 20 points 12 times. He also shot 50 percent from the floor for the year, the highest for a Missouri guard since Rickey Paulding in 2001-02.
It was a busy summer for the career 1,000-point scorer. Denmon played for Team USA in the 2011 World University Games in China and helped the Americans to a 7-1 overall record. He averaged 7.6 points and 1.9 steals in the eight games, while making four starts.