March 4, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Trent Lockett (24) drives on Arizona Wildcats guard Josiah Turner (11) in the first half at Wells Fargo.
The last two weeks, we've gotten news from Marquette's athletic department late on a Friday afternoon. This week, Friday passed without incident. Little did we know that this week's news was coming on Saturday afternoon.
Yesterday afternoon, Arizona State guard Trent Lockett announced that he would be transferring to Marquette for his senior season. Lockett has earned a degree in Business Communications from ASU in three years and has elected to exercise his ability to transfer to a school with a graduate degree program that ASU doesn't offer and play immediately while moving closer to his mother in Minnesota, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Paint Touches beat me to the punch on most of my thoughts on how Lockett fits into Marquette's team for the 2012-13 season, so go read that.
Hit the jump and we'll talk about what this means for Marquette from a more long term perspective.
South Orange Juice's Jason Guerette had this to say after Lockett's decision started flying across the Twitter-verse:
Another transfer decides to head to Marquette to play for the incomparable Buzz Williams. He hasn't missed on one yet. #mubb— Jason Guerette (@JPGuerette) May 5, 2012
My first reaction was: Wait, Lockett is only Buzz's second transfer into the program after Jamil Wilson. Then I realized that Guerette had to be including junior college transfers as well, and he's right. Look at the list:
Who had the least successful MU career on that list? Joe Fulce? Fulce's MU career was hampered by injuries and we *still* named our Undersung Eagle post game award after him because we felt he never got enough credit for his contributions. Jamil Wilson's clearly going to have a major impact on this team over the next two seasons.
So we know Buzz can definitely look at guys who have experience past high school and figure out that they're going to work in his system of play. This fall, Buzz adds two more transfers: Lockett and TJ Taylor. Can they both make an immediate impact? What's Marquette's ceiling if they do?