2019 Waupun High School graduate Marcus Domask had an impressive freshman campaign for the Southern Illinois University men’s basketball team. During his inaugural season, Domask started all 32 games for the Salukis averaging 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
He was named 2nd Team All-Missouri Valley Conference and was awarded the league’s Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. College Insider also named Domask to their Freshman All-American Team.
Domask told DailyDodge.com that he entered his freshman year at SIU feeling confident that he could play at that level and believed that he would be able to contribute. He adds that getting a chance to start all 32 games and putting up the numbers that he did, he definitely exceeded his personal expectations for his freshman season. Domask says he appreciates the individual recognition that he received but it’s really about getting wins as a team.
One of the highlights of his season came February 8th when he hit a buzzer beater to knock off Missouri State 68-66 in front of the home crowd. The shot was similar to Christian Laettner’s historic game winner that allowed Duke to beat Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.
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Domask was originally committed to Northern Kentucky, but when NKU’s John Brannen left for the head coaching job at Cincinnati, he reopened his recruitment and landed at Southern Illinois.
The Salukis went an even 16-16 this season and 10-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference with 10 news players and 1st year head coach Bryan Mullins. SIU was picked to finish last in the preseason MVC poll, but ended up 5th in the 10-team league.
While at Waupun, Domask was part of a Warriors team that won 2016 WIAA Division Three State championship and finished runner-up in 2019. He was name to the All-East Central Conference 1st team, all four years of high school and was a two-time conference player of the year. He was named the 2019 Mr. Basketball in the state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
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