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Foote leaving mark on Knights
By Matt Nestor
The Auburn Knights seemingly have everything necessary to win a conference title.
They have a high-scoring returning senior in Anthony Strickland. An all-everything point guard in Fred Van Vleet. Even some size with Tavious Ford.
But one of the most important pieces to that puzzle has been junior LaMark Foote.
“Mark might be the most versatile player we have got,” Auburn Head Coach Bryan Ott said. “We can take that little guy, and we can stick him inside. We can play him on the perimeter.”
Foote has done a little bit of everything as a jack-of-all-trades for the Knights. He is among their leading rebounders, is one of their best defenders and is a third option on offense.
He also plays much bigger than his small frame suggests. He used his strength and quickness to help negate Boylan’s size in their first matchup, and gets a lot of his points on offensive rebounds.
“He is always making smart decisions,” Ott said. “You don’t ever see him trying to force a jumper. He takes charges, he gets offensive rebounds. Defensively, he’s versatile, too.”
For the Knights to continue to have success, Foote will have to continue to improve his game and be that third option the Knights need. But his coach is not worried about him right now.
“He’s a huge, understated reason for our success,” Ott said. “He’s just a tough nut in there.”