Marquette Madness is the yearly kick-off for the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. It’s always a festive atmosphere with a metric butt-load (that’s a real measurement, go look it up) of enthusiasm and excitement for both programs.
Because you want to show your recruits the best possible reasons why they would want to play for your team, head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff have arranged for a number of recruits to visit campus for the event. Let’s turn it over to Fox Sports college basketball insider Evan Daniels.
Marquette Madness Visitors— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 6, 2016
Big weekend for the Golden Eagles
For those of you paying attention to these kinds of things, that’s three class of 2018 power forwards, one 2018 point guard, and one 2019 power forward. Let’s just say that Wojo is determined to not let this year’s dearth of size on the roster happen ever again.
One by one, then....
Race Thompson (6’8”, 200 lb.)
Marquette’s intrusion into Minnesota’s recruiting continues with their pursuit of Thompson. Thompson is a top 75 prospect for 2018, and the second best player in the land of 10,000 lakes..... behind Tre Jones, who also has had interest from the Golden Eagles. Thompson, who hails from the Twin Cities, has offers from at least eight schools, including Iowa State and Minnesota.
Grayson Carter (6’8”, 200 lb.)
With a 247 Sports Composite ranking of #171, Carter might project as a little bit of a project for the 2018 class, at least for Marquette. With Theo John and Ike Eke already on board in front of him, that’s probably okay. 247 Sports doesn’t list Marquette with an offer out to the Dallas, TX, native, but he’s willing to pay for his own travel to Milwaukee for Madness, so he must be pretty interested, offer or not.
Jarvis Thomas (6’6”, 225 lb.)
Thomas doesn’t have any kind of rankings yet according to 247, but it’s hard to argue against a guy who has that kind of size as a high school junior. Like Carter, he doesn’t have an offer listed from MU, but the Golden Eagles staff went to visit him earlier this week. He’s also from the Twin Cities, just like Race Thompson, so if you’re wondering why Richard Pitino is developing a nervous twitch, now you know.
Courtney Ramey (6’3”, 170 lb.)
Ramey, the lone point guard in the group of visitors, is a top 75 prospect for 2018, just like Race Thompson. He hails from the Saint Louis area and is a high level point guard in his recruiting class that’s drawing all kinds of attention. He’s had an offer from Marquette since July, even though 247 Sports doesn’t list it and at least one MU staffer is planning to visit him in STL next week.
Nobal Days (6’9”, 195 lb.)
Hailing from Racine, Wisconsin, Days can already be considered a high priority prospect in the class of 2019 for Marquette. Yes, he’s only a high school sophomore right now, but when you’re a top 30 recruit that attends high school within 40 miles of campus, you go towards the top of the list. Noted Marquette grad Patrick Leary recently did a profile on Days and his recruitment for the Racine Journal Times, which included a story about Days playing pickup ball at the McGuire Center against Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker. Yup.