Bulldog Maroon & White

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Former Bulldog Marcus Campbell Looking For Time to Share on South Beach

Posted by Kyle Weidie on July 7, 2008

The 2008 Orlando Pro Summer League begins today with participating teams representing the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, and the Oklahoma City….Team. Naturally, I browsed the rosters to look for Mississippi State Bulldogs and came across a lone participant, Marcus Campbell.

Remember the 7’0″ lefty with soft hands and the disposition of your little brother? Observing Marcus Campbell up close and personal many times during his days at Mississippi State, I was always wowed by his natural athletic ability, and as Jay Bilas might put it, elongated reach — he has a 7’6″ wingspan in his basketball tool kit. However, Campbell never was able to put forth a consistent motivated effort as a Bulldog, seemingly destined to make a meandering basketball journey on his God-given talent rather than intense work.

And a journeyman’s basketball career Marcus Campbell has made. With 122 games and 10.7 minutes, 4.7 points, and 3.3 rebounds per on his NCAA resume, Campbell has bounced around minor professional leagues in the United States since leaving Mississippi State in 2005. Stints, short and long, have included time with the Tunica Gamblers (WBA), Rockford Lightning (CBA), Arkansas ArchAngels (WBA), Arkansas RimRockers (NBDL), Oklahoma Storm (USBL), Kansas Cagerz (USBL), Idaho Stampede (NBDL), and Anaheim Arsenal (NBDL). Some of Campbell’s minor league statistics can be found via Basketball-Reference.com. Previously flirtations with the NBA involved suiting up for the Sacramento Kings at the 2005 Reebok NBA Summer League and for the Charlotte Bobcats at the 2006 Orlando Summer League.

This year, Campbell will be showing his wares to scouts while donning a jersey for the Miami Heat in this initial NBA summer league episode. The Heat, with new 37-year old coach Eric Spoelstra, are ripe with chances for young and hungry players. After winning the NBA title in 2005-2006, Miami got swept 4-0 by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 06-07 playoffs, and then spent much of 07-08 dealing with injuries, which led to call-ups for several NBDLers, but also a league worst 15-67 record. With Dwyane Wade, Shawn Marion, and 2008 #2 overall pick Michael Beasley left as pretty much the only dishes in the cupboard, the 08-09 version of the Heat are set to be young, dumb, and full of fun. Good luck to Marcus in his tryout with Miami….here’s to hard work and avoiding the South Beach police blotter.

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