We're in the spring recruiting period for college basketball right now. Coaches are flitting to and fro around the country, trying to see as many prospects as they possibly can on a limited time budget. Most of the games and tournaments are on the weekend, which means Monday can turn into a big day of phone calls that result in offers to various high school players. Here's a probably not complete list of everyone that has seen involvement from head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff, all but one of which includes a new offer:
Class of 2017
Marquette has offered 2017 F Makhtar Gueye (6-9) of Mass Rivals/Winchendon School.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) April 25, 2016
Gueye is listed at 6'10" on 247 Sports. He is unranked right now, and he doesn't have a profile page on Verbal Commits, either. The Winchendon School is a prep school kind of out in the middle of nowhere just south of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line.
Marquette has offered 2017 Bishop O'Connell center Nate Watson— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 25, 2016
Watson is a 6'8", 220 lb. center. He's a three star prospect on 247 Sports, and he's ranked #170 in the country. Bishop O'Connell is a Catholic high school in Arlington, VA, and Watson currently has one prediction on 247: Georgetown.
Levi Stockard has received an offer from Marquette. #GatewayFamily #AdidasUprising— Gateway Basketball (@GatewayBBall) April 25, 2016
Stockard doesn't have a 247 Sports page right now. Verbal Commits lists him at 6'8", but doesn't give a weight for him. Future150.com lists him at 180 lb., though. Verbal Commits marks him as a two star prospect in their own internal system.
ESPN 60 Ira Lee had California, Texas and Stanford in last week. Oregon, Arizona, USC and Marquette also on his list.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 24, 2016
Lee is listed at 6'8" and 210 lb. by 247 Sports. He's a 4 star prospect that's ranked #43 in the country. He attends Prolific Prep in Northern California, although he hails from the Los Angeles area.
Class of 2018
2018 Gonzaga (DC) G Prentiss Hubb has received an offer from Marquette. @callmetimocruz_ https://t.co/0dlIGytspl— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) April 26, 2016
Hubb is a 6'2" shooting guard who attends Gonzaga Prep in Washington, D.C. He's ranked #82 in the country according to 247 Sports' Composite system. He's a four star prospect with five predictions, all for Maryland.
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Anyone else notice something about all of those guys for 2017? Everyone's bigger than 6'8" tall. Yes, Marquette has two big guys coming in for visits this coming weekend in Kalif Young and L.G. Gill, but remember: Luke Fischer will be a senior in 2016-17, so MU will need to replace him on the roster in the fall of 2017. If Gill were to up with the lone available scholarship for this fall, then that's two of the three big men on the roster that will be leaving at the end of the season. Even ignoring that, size is the major weakness on the Golden Eagles' roster right now, so stocking up on talented big men is clearly the way to go.