Selected by the media as the preseason Mountain West Conference Player of the Year at media day and near unanimous player of the year by the preseason magazines... Warrants consideration for national accolades... Enjoyed a tremendous sophomore season to make himself one of the premier players, not only in the Mountain West Conference, but on the entire West Coast... A special player who exploded last season after a solid freshman campaign... Can play at both forward positions... Probably the most improved player in the conference last season, he showed amazing consistency to perform at a high level throughout the campaign... Could be the toughest match-up on the team as he is too quick for most big forwards and too strong for smaller forwards... Is as good as any player in the league at scoring off the offensive glass... Will contend for the title of best rebounder in the league... Joins teammate Brandon Heath as the first Aztec players to be named to either the first or second all-conference team and return the following season since the 1997-98 team featured a returning all-conference performer (Jason Richey) and the first time SDSU has had two returning all-conference performers in the Division I era.
As A Sophomore (2004-05 Season)
NCAA Rankings: 34th in rebounding, 6th leading sophomore rebounder
MWC Rankings: 2nd in rebounding, 2nd in offensive rebounding, 4th in defensive rebounding, 5th in scoring, 6th in steals, 8th in blocked shots
A second-team all-Mountain West Conference selection as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media... Was the top vote-getter among the second team members and the top vote-getter among players returning in 2005-06 (of the five people in front of him, four were seniors and the other was the top pick in the NBA Draft, Andrew Bogut of Utah)... Named to the 2005 MWC all-tournament team after averaging 23.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and connecting on 59.3 percent from the field during the conference tournament... Was the only player on the five-member team to not play in the championship game... Finished the season ranked 34th nationally in rebounds at 9.0 and was 6th among the sophomore class (trailing only Bogut (Utah), Paul Milsap (Louisiana Tech), Nick Fazekas (Nevada), Caleb Green (Oral Roberts) and Brandon Bass (LSU))... Ranked among the Mountain West Conference leaders in six categories: rebounding (2nd), offensive rebounding (2nd), defensive rebounding (4th), scoring (5th), steals (6th) and blocked shots (8th)... Produced one of the greatest seasons by an Aztec sophomore in school history... Made an appearance on nearly every SDSU Division I single-season list including 4th in free throws (141), 5th in free throws attempted (202), 7th in points-rebounds-assists per game (28.03), 8th in points per game (17.8), 10th in efficiency point average (18.22), 12th in efficiency points (492), 12th in points-rebounds-assists (757), 13th in rebounds per game (9.0), 16th in scoring (480), 17th in rebounding (242) and 23rd in field goals (165)... His single-season rank among sophomores in the Aztecs' Division I era: 1st in efficiency points, 1st in efficiency point average, 1st in points-rebounds-assists, 1st in points-rebounds-assists average, 1st in free throws made, 1st in free throws attempted, 2nd in scoring, 2nd in points per game, 2nd in rebounds per game, 3rd in rebounds, 3rd in field goals... Became the third player in school history and the first non-senior to record at least 475 points, 200 rebounds, 30 steals and 30 blocked shots in a single season, joining Michael Cage (1983-84) and Aerick Sanders (2003-04)... Played in 27 of SDSU's 29 games, missing the final two regular season games (Feb. 28 vs. Air Force and March 5 at Utah) due to a sprained big toe on his right foot he suffered during the Feb. 26 game vs. New Mexico... Started all 27 games in which he played and ended the season having started the last 44 games in which he has played... Led the team in rebounding (9.0) and blocked shots (30) and was 2nd on the squad in scoring (17.8), minutes played (34.1) and steals (37)... Had more rebounds (242) than the total of the 2nd and 3rd leading rebounders on the squad combined (211)... The model of consistency, he scored in double figures in all 27 games he played in (never scored in double figures in three straight games prior to the season) and 34 in his career... His splits show his ability to produce no matter what the situation as Slaughter averaged 17.8 points in wins, 17.8 points in losses, 17.8 points in home games and 17.8 points in road/neutral games... Tied the school's sophomore class record by posting 10 double-doubles, matching Michael Cage and Eddy Gordon... That number places him in a tie for 7th on the single-season double-doubles chart in school history... Led the Aztecs in scoring 12 times, after doing so just once as a freshman... Also posted team-high honors in rebounding a team-best 21 times and twice in assists... Produced a team-high tying 27 double-figure scoring games and had eight 20-point performances... Had 10 double-figure rebound games... Connected on 49.8 percent of his two-point field goal attempts on the season (156-of-313)... Scored 15 or more points in 22 of the 27 games in which he played... Led the team in efficiency points (492)... Produced one of the most impressive hockey plus/minus ratings on the team... In the 922 minutes he was on the court, SDSU was outscored by eight points, while in the 258 minutes he was on the bench the Aztecs were outscored by 65 points... The trend held true during MWC games as well as SDSU was outscored by 25 points in the 401 minutes he was in the game and the Aztecs were outscored by 66 points in the 174 minutes he was off the court... Had a personal hockey plus/minus record of 16-10-1 (61.1 percent) (meaning SDSU outscored its opponent when Slaughter was on the court 16 times and was outscored 10 times with one draw) was the highest among SDSU regulars... By contrast, SDSU was 11-16 in those games, with Slaughter owning a record five and one-half games better than the team... Pulled down 95 rebounds in his last 10 games (9.5 rpg)... Shot 14 free throws in a game four times in 2004-05 and has attempted at least 10 on eight different occasions... Nearly tripled his freshman season free throw attempt total of 76 after he attempted 202... Surpassed the 500 career-points mark in his 45th career game with his 17 points in the Jan. 15th win at UNLV... Had a streak of at least one three-point field goal in five straight games in which he went 7-for-16 (.438) after making only eight during his entire freshman year... Performed exceptionally well down the stretch in close games as he was 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) from the field and 20-of-22 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line and pulled down an amazing 36.8 percent of SDSU's rebounds in the final five minutes of the 15 games that were a one possession contest with five minutes or less remaining... San Diego State was 5-3 when he recorded an efficiency rating of +20 or better (Aztecs were 6-15 in other games)... In the season opener against UC Santa Barbara (11-19-04), scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 12-of-14 from the charity stripe, pulled down 13 rebounds and recorded four steals in a career-high 41 minutes played... At No. 16 Washington (12-7-04), went for 21 points on 8-for-13 (.615) shooting and grabbed seven rebounds... After scoring 15 points and collecting 13 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton (12-21-04), the sophomore followed it up with a 15 point, 12 rebound performance at Iowa State (12-28-04)... Helped the team win at UNLV (1-15-05) with his 17 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes... Tied a career-high when he gathered 15 rebounds at Air Force on Jan. 29... Against UNLV at home (2-12-05), scored 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line and tallied 10 rebounds... After spraining his right big toe vs. New Mexico (2-26-05) and missing the next two games, he returned to lead the team to a quarterfinal win over Air Force at the MWC Championships... In the postseason game against the Falcons (3-10-05), he scored 24 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and added a two steals and a block to help the team advance to the semifinals... In the next round against New Mexico (3-11-05), he put up 23 points (7-of-13 shooting) and gathered nine boards in just 29 minutes; he was also 9-for-11 from the free-throw line and made three steals in SDSU's final game of the season.
As a Freshman (2003-2004)
MWC Rankings: 5th in offensive rebounding, 6th in rebounding, 8th in defensive rebounding, 13th in steals, 15th in blocked shots
MWC Freshman Rankings: 2nd in rebounding, 2nd in steals, 2nd in blocked shots, 2nd in offensive rebounding, 2nd in defensive rebounding
An all-conference honorable mention honoree as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media... One of only four freshmen among the 29 players that earned recognition by the league, joining teammate Brandon Heath, Utah's Andrew Bogut and Colorado State's Dwight Boatner... Ranked among the league leaders in five categories, offensive rebounding (5th), rebounding (6th), defensive rebounding (8th), steals (13th) and blocked shots (15th)... Was second among all league freshmen in all five of the aforementioned categories... His 204 rebounds were the third-highest total by a Steve Fisher freshman, trailing only eventual consensus All-American Chris Webber and all-Big Ten Conference first-team member Juwan Howard (both players were eventual NBA Draft lottery selections)... His efficiency rating per game, the formula utilized by the NBA to determine overall performance, was the fourth-highest by a freshman in SDSU history since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1978-79, trailing only Michael Cage, Eddy Gordon and Presnell Gilbert and was the third-highest by a Steve Fisher coached freshman trailing only Chris Webber and Jalen Rose... One of five players to see action in all 30 games and his 18 starts were the fifth-highest total on the squad... Ended the season starting the final 17 games of the season (will enter the 2004-05 season tied with Chris Walton for the longest active streak)... Led the team in scoring once (19 vs. Long Beach State (11-21-03) in the season opener) and rebounding 10 times, which was second on the squad behind Aerick Sanders... Had eight double-digit scoring games, four double-figure rebound games and two double-doubles... His rebound numbers were among the best in school history with his 204 boards the 33rd-highest single-season total and his average of 6.8 rebounds the 38th best single-season total in the Division I era... Both numbers were third all-time among SDSU freshmen, trailing only Michael Cage (355 rebounds, 13.1 rpg) and Eddy Gordon (239, 8.9)... Bucked the freshman trend as his numbers improved as the season progressed... Averaged 8.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and connected on 48.5 percent of his field goal attempts in 14 conference games... All of those numbers were improvements over his season average... Point and rebound averages per month: November: 7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 43.5 FG pct.; December: 7.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 47.6 FG pct.; January 7.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 42.9 FG pct.; February: 9.6 ppg, team-high 9.6 rpg, 46.0 percent; March: 7.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 71.4 FG pct... His February and March averages, spanning the final 10 games of the season, were 9.0 ppg, team-best 8.7 rpg, and team-best 50.6 FG pct... Season averages per 40 minutes 12.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals... Made 55-of-76 from the free throw line, a 72.4 percentage... Posted second career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes of action against Colorado State (2-23-04)... His 17 points are the second-highest total of the year, behind only 19 points in the first game of his career, and his eight field goals also set a new career mark... Recorded his first career double-double at UNLV (2-17-04) with a career-high 15 rebounds and 13 points in 36 minutes of action... Pulled down six or more rebounds in 12 straight games and 13 of his final 14 contests of the season... Had eight double-digit scoring efforts in 2003-04, including six in his last 14 games... Scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 34 minutes at Brigham Young (2-9-04)... Pulled down 11 rebounds against New Mexico (2-2-04)... Scored 11 points, all in the second half, and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds against Air Force (1-31-04)... Scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in his career against UNLV (1-17-04) and Colorado State (1-24-04)... Against UNLV (1-17-04), tallied 11 points and seven rebounds and followed that up with 11 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes at Colorado State (1-24-04)... Scored eight points and dished out a careerhigh four assists against Saint Mary's (1-6-04)... Made first start against Division I competition, vs. Iowa State (1-4-03)... Scored nine points and pulled down nine rebounds in win over Portland (12-31-03)... Recorded his second career double-digit scoring game with 10 points against Washington (12-27-03)... Pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Washington (12-20-03) and scored nine points... Posted nine rebounds and eight points in win over Cal Poly (12-18-03)... Made first career start and played 30 minutes against UC San Diego (12-6-03), where he recorded seven points and seven rebounds... Scored 19 points in the season opener against Long Beach State (11-21-03), which tied Chris Webber as the most points by a freshman in their debut under Steve Fisher... Had eight rebounds in victory over Ohio State (11-24-03).
Graduated from J.W. North High School in Riverside, Calif, after also attending Valley View High School... An honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith magazine... Ranked as the 80th top prep player nationally and the 16th best prospect at his position by Insider.com... Tabbed as one of the top two west coast power forwards in the 2003 class by Prep West Hoops... All of this for a player who did not play organized basketball until his junior year of high school... One of 10 players named to the 2002-2003 boys basketball Division IIAA All-CIF-Southern Section first team... Averaged 14.5 rebounds a game his senior season to rank fifth in the Southland according to the Los Angeles Times... Also, his 21.1 ppg scoring average as a senior was the 42nd highest in the Southland... As a junior he averaged 21 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks... His rebound average as a junior was the fifth highest total in the Southland and led Riverside County in the category... Named to the inaugural Pangos Summer Shootout all-tournament team in 2002... Played a big part in his team winning the Adidas Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in 2002... Went to the same high school as current Minnesota Viking linebacker Chris Claiborne.
Full name is Marcus Anthony Slaughter... Born March 18, 1985 in San Leonzo, Calif... Son of Dwight and Tara Slaughter... A pre-business major.