Marcus Sasser: A Deep Dive into the Piston’s 25th Pick

I think we all know one thing about Marcus Sasser; he can absolutely score the basketball. He even had the most points in the summer league this year with an incredible 40-piece against the Pacers, where he shot 16/25, along with 5 made threes. But how did Sasser reach this point? What was his path like to the NBA? Continuing with the theme from my piece on Ausar Thompson, which you can read here; we are going to take a look into Marcus Sasser’s past and explore his journey to become a player for the Detroit Pistons.

Born September 21st, 2000, in Dallas Texas, Sasser has always had a passion for basketball. It’s in his genes, as his dad played in college and his uncles, Jeryl and Jason, both played in the NBA, as well as being All-American players. Jason Sasser in particular was a very talented player, as he was on the U.S. national team during the 1998 FIBA championship, where he won a bronze medal. Marcus was a great ball player from the jump, as he was playing with 6th graders when he was only in 4th grade. Similarly to Ausar, Sasser had parents who were very supportive of his dream. His mother, Monique, would “go to Dick’s Sporting Goods and buy a new headband, a new mouthpiece, all this stuff so he could look super cool while he was playing ball.” His father, Marcus Sr. was even more serious about his son’s growth as a player. He believed in putting in extra work to be the best, even having Marcus’ mother Monique guard him during drills when necessary.

As he became older, Marcus Sasser attended Red Oak High School, close to his hometown Dallas, where he would be coached by his uncle Jason. As a senior, he was named the most valuable player in his district, as well as being an all-state player. Following his final year of high school, Sasser would receive numerous offers, including Louisiana Tech and SMU, before deciding to commit to the University of Houston.

As a freshman at Houston, Sasser would initially struggle. He would break into the starting lineup in the second half of the season, where he would average 8 points, 2 boards, and 2 assists on an abysmal 36% from the field. Houston had a decent season that year, finishing 23-8 before the march madness tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. Despite his difficulty adjusting to college, Sasser showed his potential early, with a 26-point game in a loss against SMU late into his freshman year. He was also named to the All-Freshman team in the AAC. Going into his sophomore year, Houston wasn’t expected to be much better than the year prior, but they absolutely destroyed expectations. Sasser was immediately a starter, and opened the season with a bang, with 25 points and 7 threes in an 89-45 victory against Lamar. He would improve on all of his stats, with 14 points, 3 boards, and 2 assists, as well as almost 2 steals a game. Houston would finish the season an incredible 28-4, going all the way to the final four, where Sasser would have 20 points in a loss to Baylor. Sasser was named to the second team all AAC and looked to be a vital piece for Houston in the following year.

In the preseason of Sasser’s junior year, Houston was ranked 15th in the preseason poll, having lost two players to the NBA in Knicks guard Quentin Grimes, as well as the shifty wing Dejon Jarreau. Sasser was finally the number one option for Houston and was having an amazing season, averaging nearly 18 points a game, and over two steals a game, leading his team to a 10-2 record. Unfortunately, Sasser would go down with a toe injury, ending his promising junior season. Houston would still finish 32-6 but would end up losing in the elite eight to Villanova.

In Sasser’s senior year, Houston would finally have a high preseason poll, as they would start the season ranked at 3rd in the nation, having added freshman Jarace Walker, an eventual lottery pick in the 2023 NBA draft. Finally finding his groove, Sasser would have the most successful season of his career, with an astonishingly long list of accolades, including being named player of the year, shooting guard of the year, consensus first team All-American, as well as all-AAC first team. Sasser would average 17 points per game, as well as multiple 30 pieces over the course of the season, leading Houston to a 33-4 record as well as a top seed in march madness. Unfortunately, Houston would fall to a brutal upset early, losing in the sweet sixteen to Miami, as Sasser had an off game with 14 points on 4-12 shooting.

So now, we return to the present. The Detroit Pistons have traded up for the 25th pick, sending the 31st pick and two second-rounders to the Celtics, and drafted Houston guard Marcus Sasser. He would immediately show out in summer league, averaging 16 points, 3 assists, and 2 boards, culminating in a final game where he would have an incredible 40 points.

Marcus Sasser adds some much-needed shooting that Detroit needs. With the likely departure of Killian Hayes this offseason, Sasser has the chance to crack the Pistons rotation if he plays well enough. I predict he will spend much of his time this season in the G League, as with backup guards Monte Morris and Alec Burks already on the team, Detroit has quite a bit of depth in their backcourt. That said, absolutely expect Sasser to blow up the G league similar to Saben Lee in the past, he will almost certainly score with ease throughout his time there. If he continues to develop, Sasser could end up being Detroit’s backup guard of the future, coming in and immediately scoring in bunches off the bench, similar to players like Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford in the past. With so many talented basketball players in his family, it’s hard to imagine a future where Sasser won’t carve out a role for himself in the NBA. It’s going to be fun watching him absolutely cook opposing players during the next few years.

One thought on “Marcus Sasser: A Deep Dive into the Piston’s 25th Pick

  1. Sasser is an absolute powerhouse when I comes to scoring points. I’m glad he got drafted for the Pistons.

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