The Fall Hoops Signing Period

We bring you all the news on the basketball recruits that Marquette will be signing up this fall.

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The Signing Period Ends, But Recruiting Never Does

Today is the final day of the week long fall signing period for college hoops. We've left this StoryStream up on the front of the site because Buzz has had players commit and sign late in the period before (Reggie Smith, please pick up the white courtesy phone). That kind of thing isn't surprising, given that Buzz has talked about the need to continue recruiting at all times.

In fact, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Michael Hunt caught up with Buzz in Hawaii and talked to him a bit about recruiting. I want to highlight some of the quotes from Buzz.

There is so much social media following recruiting that you don’t realize there are peoples lives at stake that goes into those relationships.

Telling websites to get off your lawn is a bad look. But it's a solid point to realize that when you talk about recruiting, you're talking about the futures of 14-18 year old kids.

As of today, we are one over. We have until August 28 to get it squared. That is an eternity in things that transpire in our industry. Not just in recruiting, but every facet of this industry.

Well, "get it squared" is kind of a callous way to go about talking about people's lives, but okay, this is your show.

This is an unforgiving industry. It’s built on trust. The only way you can build trust is through long-standing relationships.

Again, that's a fair point, but what about the trust of one of the 14 players that are going to be asked to either A) leave or B) never show up? They've entrusted you with their future, or as you put it, their lives, and now you're going to have to break that trust.

Look, I'm not saying that over-recruiting is the worst thing ever. In the same piece, Buzz said that there's only a certain number of players who can make a difference in events like the Maui Invitational, and you have to make every effort to recruit those kinds of players. And I'm not saying that this isn't all solved by a certain sophomore guard not being able to get academically eligible ever again. But you can't respond to questions about over-signing with an attitude of moral superiority over anyone who's paying attention and proclamations of needing to build trust when you are going to have to tell someone who has trusted you that they are no longer welcome at the Al McGuire Center.


The Official Announcement of All 5 Signings

You can check out the official press releases for each player on GoMarquette.com, including quotes from Buzz on each player. I'm not going to print those quotes all here, so head over to the official website and check it out.

What is worth noting from the releases is the national ranking of the recruiting class:

Williams and his staff are also in possession of a consensus top-10 recruiting class, which marks the third nationally ranked group since he took over as head coach in 2008-09. Scout.com rates MU’s signees as the seventh-best in the country, followed by Rivals.com (7th), ESPN.com (9th), FoxSports.com (9th) and CBSSports.com (10th).

Three things here: 1) I don't know what the difference is between FoxSports.com and Scout.com, 2) The Rivals ranking doesn't include Jajuan Johnson and 3) the CBSSports.com ranking doesn't include John Dawson or Johnson.

That said, Rivals, ESPN & CBS Sports have Marquette as the third best recruiting class in the Big East, behind only Memphis and Louisville, while Scout has MU second, with only Memphis beating MU out for best recruiting class in the conference.


Jameel McKay Rounds Out Marquette's 2013 Class


That's Jameel McKay, posting a picture of himself signing his national letter of intent onto his Twitter account, which was confirmed by MU basketball's official account minutes ago:

McKay is a sophomore at Indian Hills Community College and will transfer in to Marquette next fall with two years of eligibility remaining. That will put him into a junior class with Juan Anderson, Derrick Wilson, and Todd Mayo.

McKay was named a NJCAA First Team All-American last season after averaging 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The 6'8", 200 lb. forward is a Milwaukee native and graduated from Pulaski High School, making him the third signed recruit from Milwaukee County after Duane Wilson and Deonte Burton.

(h/t to ESPNMilwaukee.com's Matt Trebby for the picture)


Jajuan Johnson Inks NLI, Commits to Marquette

Shortly after announcing the program had received a national letter of intent from Milwaukee product Deonte Burton, the men's basketball twitter feed confirmed that MU had received a fourth LOI, this one from Memphis stud Jajuan Johnson:

Johnson is the most recent recruit to sign up for the Buzz Williams Experience, having given his verbal commitment to MU just twelve days ago. There was initially some confusion regarding whether Johnson would sign an NLI in the fall signing period; his mother, Shaun Williams, told Paint Touches' Mark Strotman two weeks ago that the original plan was for Jajuan to wait until the spring period to sign, so he could see "how the coaches coached and the players played." Johnson backed away from that position later, telling Paint Touches he would "probably sign early," after watching Marquette play its first three games. Now that his Herbie Hancock is on the dotted line, that's all a moot point.

Johnson hails from Southwind High School in Memphis. He's ranked No. 33 nationally by Scout, No. 63 by Rivals and No. 63 by ESPN.


And DB Makes Three: Deonte Burton Signs for MU

A few minutes ago, Deonte Burton became the third member of Marquette's heralded 2013 recruiting class to ink his national letter of intent:

Burton's commitment follows the earlier signings of Whitefish Bay Dominican's Duane Wilson and New Mexico point guard John Dawson.

Burton is tabbed as a four-star recruit on Rivals, ranked 13th amongst small forwards in the class of 2013. ESPN ranks Burton 42nd nationally, and Scout.com also has Burton as the 13th-best small forward in 2013.

Burton began his career at Milwaukee Vincent, but transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his sophomore season. After his mom was diagnosed with cancer, DB returned to Vincent, where he averaged 21 and 10 for a squad that finished the year 17-7 in Milwaukee's City Conference.

Burton verbally committed to Marquette last September.


Signee #2: John Dawson

Seven weeks after verbally committing to Marquette and Buzz Williams, John Dawson became the second signed recruit for the fall of 2013, as reported by Marquette's men's basketball Twitter account.

Dawson is a 6'2", 190 lb. guard who helped guide Clovis (NM) High School to the state semifinals in his junior year, where he registered 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Clovis was knocked out of the tournament. Dawson is the least heralded recruit that's verbally committed to Marquette, but he does have a reputation as a outside shooter, something that's lacking on the current Golden Eagles squad.

Dawson joins Whitefish Bay Dominican's Duane Wilson on the list of officially signed recruits.


Duane Wilson Signs With Marquette

Duane Wilson, a guard from Whitefish Bay Dominican High School, is the first recruit to sign a national letter of intent to attend Marquette next fall, according to Marquette's own men's basketball Twitter account.

Back in March, Wilson verbally committed to play for Marquette after scoring 24 points to go with 4 assists and 4 steals to lead Dominican to the WIAA Division 4 Championship. He averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals for his junior year.


Welcome To The Fall Signing Period

Marquette has 5 recruits who have committed who are eligible to sign national letters of intent starting today. But will they all sign?

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