After shining at Creighton,
Marcus Zegarowski proved that he
belongs on an NBA roster.
The All-Big-East First-Team
selection averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8
threes and 1.3 steals while shooting 46.4% from the field and 42.1%
from three. The 22-year-old shot above 42% from three-point range
in each of his three collegiate seasons.
Our Senior NBA Draft Analyst
Matt Babcock has Zegarowski going No. 51 to the New Orleans
Pelicans in ourlatest 2021 mock
Babcock’s scouting breakdown of
Zegarowskireads: “Although a bit undersized at 6-foot-1,
Marcus Zegarowski excels as a facilitator, playmaker, and shooter.
He connected on 42.1% of his three-point attempts this season,
while attempting 6.6 per game. He's reliable as a pull-up shooter
and is solid as a lead ball-handling facilitator. The former
Creighton Bluejay has potential to serve as a solid backup point
guard at the next level.”
Throughout the pre-draft
process, he has worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics,
Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee
Bucks, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors among others.
BasketballNews.com caught up
with Zegarowski to discuss his game, the advice he's received from
his older brother (Michael Carter-Williams), his pre-draft
experience, his off-court interests and more.
Who were some players you grew up watching and
Zegarowski: Growing up I've always
watched, obviously, my brother Michael [Carter-Williams]. He's
someone I've always watched and just learned from. I just followed
him around all the time when I was younger. I know we're different
players, but we're from the same fabric, so we have some
similarities as well. Our mindset towards the game I took from him
-- just stuff like that. I also like Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Chris
Paul -- those are some guys I grew up watching, and found a love
for the game because of them. And then now, Fred VanVleet I watched
a lot of, [and] Kemba Walker. I try to take bits and pieces from
every point guard because I can always learn and get better at
Has Carter-Williams been able to give you advice since
he's been through the process?
Zegarowski: Yeah, having him go through high
school into college, I kind of learned at a young age that that's
what it takes to get there. I just saw his work ethic every day, I
saw the sacrifices that he made and tried to literally copy what he
did and just try and work even harder. I happened to achieve some
things that he's achieved in his career, so it's just a blessing to
even do that.
What are some areas of your game that you want to
continue to improve?
Zegarowski: I want to continue to improve on,
obviously, everything. I feel like I'm not perfect at anything, and
I'll never be perfect at anything, so improving on everything is
something I need to do at the next level. But specifically,
probably just my athleticism, my pace and just getting to my spots
early in offense. Defensively, I can get better at being able to
guard multiple positions, being able to pick up full-court and
change the dynamic of the game.
Are there any misconceptions about your game that
you're hoping to disprove throughout this process?
Zegarowski: I think I'm really underrated and
I think a lot of people just doubt me. That's how I've always been
my whole career... and I've always proved people wrong. That's just
how my career has gone through high school [and] through college.
It's the easy road to say I'm not as good as people think I am, so
I'm excited to prove those people wrong, and I just want to
continue to work and just continue to showcase what I can do.
How do you feel like your game fits in today's
Zegarowski: I think it fits really well. I
think I can shoot the ball. I can stretch the defense. I think I
play fast, I play with pace, and I'm an unselfish guy who's gonna
make players around him better; I'm going to get guys to where they
want to get to and I'm just going to be a winning player. I've
always won at every level and I just impact winning. Great team
guy, I'll do whatever the team needs me to do, I really think
today's game is perfect for me. I think just how fast it is, how
many possessions in the game -- that's how we played at Creighton,
that's how I like to play, and I'm excited to hopefully get to
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been
Zegarowski: That's a tough question because
I've had a lot of great people [give me advice], including just my
family -- my parents and my older brother, Michael. They just tell
me, just keep working hard. Don't let a good game or a bad game
dictate how you feel. Try to stay level-headed. From Michael, it's
just always: love the basketball game. He's always just told me,
like, once you get to this level, it's going to be different than
just playing. There's more to it -- there's business, there's
politics, you can be traded. There's all different dynamics that
are in this league, so you just got to continue to love the game
the same way you loved it when you were little, and good things
will happen. He gives me a lot of advice, but that's one thing that
really sticks out.
In your bio at Creighton, it says your first trophy
was in football. Did you play a lot when you were young? Were you a
Zegarowski: I played baseball, soccer,
football and basketball until, like, fourth grade, but then once
fourth grade hit, I just played football and basketball up until
eighth grade. In high school, I didn't play football. Growing up, I
used to like football more than basketball. That was one of my
first loves. I just liked it more -- I was more of a football guy
growing up. But as high school came around, with my body type, my
parents didn't want me to play football, so I just took to
basketball. I obviously love it more -- it's a sport that fits
Your bio also said you were a journalism major at
Creighton. Has that knowledge helped you during the process with
interviews and talking to teams?
Zegarowski: Yeah, 100%. That was one of the
reasons why I wanted to take journalism, was to be more prepared in
this field, being able to articulate, being able to speak well,
have manners and just be advanced in that area, because it'll take
you a long way. Originally, I wanted to take Communications, but
Creighton didn't have that. So, I took classes that would kind of
equal that. I took PR classes, I took broadcasting classes, I took
interview classes, I took all kinds of different classes, so it was
really good. I had a lot of great professors there that definitely
After you finish your career, would you want to work
Zegarowski: That's definitely something I
want to do down the line. And for me, it was something that I was
afraid of. I used to hate speaking, I used to hate writing, and it
was something I just wanted to get better at. I used to stutter a
little bit growing up, and I just wanted to be able to kind of face
that fear. Taking those classes really helped me grow in that area.
Definitely down the line -- I don't know what I want to do yet, but
obviously I know I want to be a player, and then once the ball
stops bouncing, hopefully I'll either be in that, or coaching, or
anything involving a basketball. But yeah, media definitely appeals
When did you get into boxing and UFC?
Zegarowski: I kinda got the love for it from
my dad and my older brother. Usually what they like, I usually
like. I just remember them always watching boxing and UFC, and once
I got to high school, I started to really fall in love with it. I
just loved those two sports, especially UFC. I watch every fight
that's on pay-per-view. I actually had tickets to the [Conor]
McGregor fight, but I couldn't go because, obviously, I had the
pre-draft training and I had workouts. I didn't want to mess up my
schedule. But I just love the sport. I take a lot from it. I learn
from a lot of those athletes. It's just cool to see how hard they
work and how much they believe in themselves, and how they talk a
lot of crap and then back it up. The mental aspect of it really
appeals to me, and I kind of carry it over to basketball.
I saw that you write left-handed. Are you
Zegarowski: Yeah, I really do everything
left-handed. I'm holding my phone right now with my left
Has it helped you from a basketball standpoint, being
comfortable with both hands?
Zegarowski: It definitely does help me a lot.
Growing up, people used to force me left, then after a little bit,
they'll see that I'm a lefty. I like going left. If you watch me
play basketball, I can dribble more on my left hand and I can pass
better off the dribble with my left hand, just stuff like that. It
definitely gives me an advantage, that I can finish as good with my
left hand as my right hand. Some days I'm like, "Man, I wish my
right hand was a little bit better..." I actually work on my right
hand more often than my left hand when I'm dribbling and stuff like
that. I like it; it's good to have.
If an NBA general manager asked you why they should
draft you, what would you tell them?
Zegarowski: If you want to win, then take me.
I feel like I can do anything on that court. I can score, I can
facilitate, [and] I can lock down on defense. I can do whatever the
team needs me to do and I'm just going to impact winning. I'm just
going to figure out what I need to do on the team, I'm going to
earn everything I got, and then I'm just going to try and win as
many ball games as possible. At the end of day, I just want to win,
and I think your best chance is [if] you're going to take me,
because I truly believe I'm the best point guard in the