News came shooting across Twitter on Thursday afternoon that Scout.com had released a brand new Top 100 list for basketball recruits in the Class of 2015.
Marquette has two verbal commitments for that recruiting class right now, and they're both in the top 100. Neenah (WI) center Matt Heldt checks in at #56, while Sun Prairie (WI) guard Nick Noskowiak shows up at #89. The big news is Heldt's ranking. The big man from northern Wisconsin had a 247 Sports composite ranking of #162 before Scout's new list came out, but as Scout's Evan Daniels explains,
Justin Patton, a Creighton commit, and Matt Heldt, a Marquette pledge, were also big movers in the new rankings. Heading into July not much was known about either, but Patton and Heldt both proved worthy of a lofty ranking.
At 6-foot-10, Patton is mobile, athletic, long and boasts the hands, touch and shooting ability to be effective as a scorer. Heldt, who also stands 6-foot-10, impressed on offense with hooks shoots and catch and shoot jump shots. Both are promising big men and good early pick ups for their respective schools.
Amongst recruits that Steve Wojciechowski has his eyes on, the most notable ones are Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone. Ellenson checks in at #6 on the list and the #2 power forward, while Stone is ranked #4 but trails Skal Labissiere for the title of best center prospect in the country. Over the summer, Marquette's been included in final groups for Bryant Crawford (#82), Haanif Cheatham (#80), Jimmy Whitt (#52), and Terance Mann (#99). Wojo also offered a scholarship to Kerwin Roach, a guard from Houston, TX, who checks in at #81. Roach, Cheatham, and Mann are all new entries to the top 100 list, along with Heldt.
Scout also lists Marquette as a school of interest for Glynn Watson (#62) and Corey Sanders (#90). I haven't seen much about them recently, but there's also a ton of schools listed as interested by Scout. In any case, it's nice to see that Wojo and his staff have put themselves into a position where it's starting to seem likely that they'll end up with four Top 100/4 star players in the class of 2015, and that's never a bad thing.
There are 42 committed players in Scout's Top 100 right now. The Pac12 leads the way with 11 commits, while the ACC also cracks double digits with 10. The Big East has five, topped by Creighton's Justin Patton, who leapt into the Top 100 at #40. That's more than the SEC has (4), as well as more than the American (2), Mountain West (1), and Big 12 (1) combined.