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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

No rebuilding for BU tennis | The Bear Blog::Waco Tribune-Herald

No rebuilding for BU tennis | The Bear Blog~~~

The Waco Tribune-Herald does a great job of covering Baylor tennis, but this assessment of the 2005-6 season's prospects for the Bears (better than most expected when they lost Dorsch and Becker) contained an interesting passing comment-- the first printed reference that I've seen that seventeen-year-old Marcus Fugate has turned professional.


Anonymous said...

That is a very interesting tidbit about Fugate turning pro. I don't know if you've ever seen him play. He is an incredible physical specimen: 6 ft. 3 in., huge serve, very muscular and athletic. He also has a very dynamic personality and he is good looking (even better looking than Scoville Jenkins in my opinion) which could translate into some serious endorsements down the line so long as he can perform. In terms of potential, I can certainly understand why he and his agents think he has a chance to make it. However, having said that, his results hardly ever seem to match how good he looks on the court, with the one exception being his great performance at the Luxilon Cup which he won. The drubbing that he got from Baylor's number 6 is just another example of his apparent tendency to underachieve. I will never forget watching 5 ft. 7 in. Jesse Levine beat Fugate earlier this year at the Easter Bowl. I remember that I was filming Fugate the whole time just assuming that there was no way he was going to lose to the little guy. When they shook hands and Levine won I was shocked.

It seems to me that it wouldn't have hurt Fugate to wait a little bit longer to see what he can do before deciding to blow off college. Perhaps he got some sweet endorsement deal based upon the factors I've already discussed. All I can say is that he would have been crazy to accept anything less than $1 million because there is no basis for him to be so certain that he's going to make it and so he will need a lot of money to live on. In fact, his results seem to have dropped off over the past 6 months whereas they should have been accelerating to make such a bold and rash decision.