On Wednesday, ESPN released an update to their top 100 for the basketball recruiting class of 2016. 47 of the best players in the country have already issued a verbal commitment to a school, but the only one that we're concerned with is Sam Hauser.
The Steven Point, WI, native is currently ranked #84 in The Worldwide Leader's ranking system. That's actually a bit of a slide for Hauser, as he was ranked #47 in the country back in June. I'm not particularly concerned with this, even though Hauser is currently Marquette's only verbal commit for next fall. As long as head coach Steve Wojciechowski likes what Hauser brings to the table, I honestly don't care where a guy is ranked. For example, Traci Carter was rated as the 30th best point guard in the country by ESPN, but we're all cool with him after the European trip, right?
Hauser isn't the only Big East prospect in the top 100. He has four friends tagging along with him, starting with Omari Spellman (Villanova) at #16 in the country. Butler commit Joey Brunk is sitting at #71, while Xavier has two commits in Tyrique Jones at #91 and Quentin Goodin at #94.
As far as guys that have been connected to Marquette lately, that looks like this:
- Amir Coffey - #33
- Jayce Johnson - #83
- Brendan Bailey - #98
Kostas Antetokounmpo and Lamar Stevens, both of whom have shown interest in Marquette and vice versa, are not in the top 100.
The ACC leads the ESPN rankings with 11 committed recruits, with the SEC and Big Ten tying for second with seven. The most surprising conference? The Ivy League, as Harvard accounts for both of their two top 100 commits.
As things stand right now, Marquette has one available scholarship for the fall of 2016.