HOUSTON, Texas — What is marveled at in the world of sport is the singular spectacular moment. That instant when losing turns into winning based on one shot. But true sports fans have an overall deeper appreciation for the game when a player from their team has a metamorphosis. Where once that athlete was the slowly crawling caterpillar and now has become a majestic butterfly soaring in the air with jaw-dropping grace. In the case of the Houston Cougars’ guard, Marcus Sasser, we are all witnessing him taking that evolutionary step of becoming a superstar player.
The Texas-born 6-foot-2 guard is having an incredible start to his junior year with the Cougars. In the four games that he has played, Sasser is not only is clear leader in points per game with 23.3, but he’s also the player with the most assists with 12. This indicates that Sasser has the uncanny wisdom and alertness to know when to score and when to distribute it to the open man. He understands that the opposition’s scouting report has deemed him the biggest threat on this Houston Cougars team but still manages to score while also feeding his teammates with open looks at the basket. Last season, Sasser’s points tally was nowhere close to what he’s achieving in this campaign.
In the 2020-21 season, Sasser averaged 13.6 points per game, nearly 10 points fewer than what he’s currently achieving. The reason wasn’t his shooting volume, but rather his shooting efficiency. In the 2020-21 campaign, Sasser averaged a field goal percentage of 33.3%. Compared to this season where he’s shooting 46.8% from the field. The amazing increase in accuracy can only be justified by his commitment in practice and beyond the team’s practice hours.
Sasser’s determination to improve stems from a history of receiving honors for his excellent contributions to the sport. In 2020-21, he was named in the All-American Athletic Conference second team. In that same year, he was named the USBWA All-District 24 first team. In the 2019-20 season, he received another All-American Athletic Conference honor, this time being named in the All-Freshman team. This slew of awards signifies his commitment and work ethic to the game.
Sasser is constantly willing to improve himself and grow as an athlete. He’s the type of player that focuses on what he did wrong and attempts to rectify it the following the day. Sasser is not comfortable with just winning a game, he has a hunger to be the best. He understands by doing so, he has to never stop working. He’s the ever-evolving player that lifts his team to greater heights.
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