The 2009 Marquette basketball season is right around the corner and less than two months away, but who says it’s too early to look ahead to 2010? Just like this year’s recruiting class, next year’s high school recruits are extremely talented and will provide teams with foundations for the future of their program.
Marquette currently has two players signed for next season after Jacksonville small forward Aaron Bowen de-committed from the team. Jamail Jones, a 6’6″ combo guard/forward freshman, leads Marquette’s recruiting class and is followed by junior college transfer Monterale Clark, a 6’10″ power forward who will have two years of eligibility when he comes to Marquette.
Jones has been ranked anywhere from 61st to 67th overall in the 2010 recruiting class, and is moving up those charts as he is exposed more. Originally from Georgia, he will play basketball in Florida this season in an attempt to play against higher competition.
Clark was recruited by Tom Crean back in 2006, before his senior year of high school. He did not qualify and will play another year of ball at Hill Junior College before becoming a Golden Eagle next season. At 6’10″, his versatility is a huge factor as he claims arguably his best position on the court is small forward. He was ranked the number 37 center in the class of 2007, but now has no ranking.
The two recruits form a solid base for next year’s recruiting class with a big man and a combo forward. With such a guard-heavy team, these two players will be key rotation men next season.
However, the best has yet to come from Marquette’s recruiting class, and the blue chip prospects are closing in on their decisions on where to attend school, and the Golden Eagles are on the final lists of a few top players. Because Bowen de-committed, the Buzz Williams now has two opening spots on next year’s team.
The one player that everyone in Milwaukee is coveting is Madison shooting guard Vander Blue. Teammate and friend of current Marquette freshman Jeronne Maymon, Blue has seen his stock rise considerably over the last year and has narrowed his schools down to five. Originally signed with Wisconsin, Blue has re-opened his recruitment to the Badgers, Marquette, Arizona, Florida, and UCLA.
Blue would form one of the best young back courts in the Big East alongside Junior Cadougan, and the tempo the Golden Eagles could use would be second to none. He is a shooting guard with outstanding range and the ability to get to the basket and finish strong. He is currently ranked as the fourth best shooting guard in the class, according to Scout.com.
It would be nice to steal away Blue from the Badgers, but even nicer to have him in a Marquette uniform raining threes on the rest of the Big East.
Not far behind Blue on the 2010 rankings is small forward Cameron Clark, who recently narrowed down his choices to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Marquette. The Golden Eagles might be a longshot to get the 6’6″ athletic Clark, but Buzz Williams’ southern ties have to be helping the recruiting process along. Currently, Marquette has four players from Texas in Jimmy Butler, Joe Fulce, Erik Williams, and Junior Cadougan.
Clark can be seen anywhere on the court from on the low block in the post to bringing the ball up the court, and if you can’t find him your best bet is to look up at the rim. He is all over Youtube with rim-rocking dunks and an impressive jumpshot. A duo of Blue and Clark would surely put Marquette in the conversation for a top ten class.
Despite all the talk of Marquette being a guard-oriented team who likes to get out and run, 6’11″ center Carson Desrosiers likes Marquette enough to put them in his top three schools. Wake Forest and Arizona State are in the running as well, and whoever gets their hands on the big man will have their frontcourt foundation for the next four years. He is expected to take his official visit somewhere in the near future and is expected to commit sometime in the near future. He is ranked 87th overall according to Rivals.com, good for tenth overall in the center rankings for 2010.
Another big man that Marquette is hoping for is 6’10″ center Maurice Walker. Obtaining him will not be easy, as he lists Kansas, Georgetown, UConn, and Duke as other possibilities in his recruiting. While his ranking (118th overall) is not eye-popping, his frame and potential make him a highly-coveted player that is sure to get better as he gets older.
Cory Joseph is also considering Marquette, along with numerous other schools, as the seventh best prospect in next year’s class. The 6’3″ point guard would be an unbelievable signing and become an instant starter on the team, but if that signing were to occur it would come much later.
Other names on the recruiting trail for 2010 include point guard Brandon Young (147th overall), shooting guard Justin Coleman (45), small forward J.J. Moore (107), and combo-guard forward Jayvaughn Pinkston (67). These players have Marquette currently on their list but are more than likely going elsewhere to play college basketball.
With two remaining spots (and potentially three with injuries on the team), the Golden Eagles have the potential to bring in a fantastic recruiting class. Blue, Desroisers, and Clark are top of the line prospects and are all potential NBA picks. The 2010 recruiting class can go from good to great if two of these players sign on to become Warriors next season.