Western's Chris Marcus Out For Season; Concludes College Career Senior leaves Hill with 1,113 points, 795 rebounds and records for blocks in a game, season and career. Feb. 5, 2003 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - After a hard-fought battle to complete his rehabilitation in time to play effectively in the 2002-03 season, Western Kentucky All-America center Chris Marcus has concluded his collegiate playing career. The 7-1, 285-pounder out of Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., will heed the advice of his doctors and remain off his injured ankle for an extended period of time in order to get inflammation in the foot under control. He has visited specialists in Birmingham, Ala. (Dr. John Gould, the surgeon who operated on the ankle in June, 2002), California and Houston and, after conferring on their findings, they all agreed that the immediate step he needed to take in the recovery process was to take his weight off the affected foot. The injured bone continues to be inflamed and a source of pain that has prohibited him from playing basketball. The doctors, concerned about the overall health of the bone, have urged Marcus to take a cautious approach as he continues to rehabilitate the foot. After a stellar sophomore season (12.7 ppg and 12.1 rpg in 2000-01), Marcus suffered the original injury just before the start of the '01-02 season. He played in just 15 games that season - the Toppers' first five contests and the last 10 games of the year - averaging 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds while playing in pain. Last spring he announced he would forego the NBA draft and return for his fourth season at WKU while also undergoing surgery on the injured foot and continuing his rehab. He played in just four games this season - Jan. 4 at Middle Tennessee, Jan. 9 at Arkansas-Little Rock, Jan. 11 at Arkansas State and Jan. 18 at home versus South Alabama. Marcus scored 12 points and came up with 12 rebounds in a total of 39 minutes of action. He completes his career on the Hill with 1,113 points and 795 rebounds. He owns Hilltopper records for blocked shots in a game (9 versus Tennessee State at home on Nov. 25, 2000), a season (97 in '00-01) and a career (214). "Chris has seen the experts and they have conferred to determine strategy," said Hilltopper Head Coach Dennis Felton. "They all want him to stay off the foot for an extended period of time and get the inflammation under control. Unfortunately, that means the end of his college career. Now, its time for Chris to move on to the next phase in his life. "I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to coach Chris," Felton continued. "He certainly has had a major impact on our basketball program and on the University. I wish him well in his recovery and we all look forward to seeing him enjoy a long and prosperous career in the NBA." Marcus plans to withdraw from school and return to Charlotte where he will continue his rehabilitation and prepare for a career as a professional basketball athlete.