If the various recruiting services want to keep releasing new lists, I’m happy to keep telling you guys all about how Marquette’s faring in each new ranking. It’s probably much too early for someone to make a 2019 list, though, so for now, we’ll just have to settle for Scout’s brand new Top 60 for the class of 2018.
If you read our post on ESPN’s 2018 rankings, you’re not surprised by the players in Scout’s top five: Marvin Bagley, Jordan Brown, Romeo Langford, and Nazreon Reid take up the top four spots in order. Cameron Reddish drops down to #6 and is replaced in the top five by Gerald Liddell.
The big takeaway for Marquette fans, though, is that Scout likes MU’s top two prospects for 2018 more than ESPN does. Joey Hauser, the younger brother of incoming MU freshman Sam, is ranked #17, while Tyler Herro, a shooting guard from Greenfield, WI, is ranked #29. ESPN has Hauser at #22, while Herro was way down at #46.
Those are the only two top 60 guys that Marquette is interested in, of course. From digging back through previous posts on our site and consulting with Marquette’s 247 Sports page, I count five more players on Scout’s ranking that head coach Steve Wojciechowski has expressed interest in already:
- Simi Shittu, PF, #9
- Immanuel Quickley, PG, #13
- Tre Jones, PG, #21
- Prentiss Hubb, PG, #22
- Jalen Smith, PF, #25
Hubb is the only player on that list that wasn’t included in ESPN's top 60. However, Scout also doesn’t include Cart'Are Gordon or Kiyon Boyd.
We're still a year and a half away from any of these guys turning a verbal commitment into a signed commitment, so take a lot of this with a grain of salt. Still, it’s nice to see that Wojo’s got his sights set high in the early goings of the process for the fall of 2018. As recruiting continues to develop for the class of 2018, remember that Brendan Bailey will be finishing his Mormon mission by the time the 2018-19 school year kicks off. Bailey was a top 100 recruit for the class of 2016, and he’ll be a 20 year old freshman two years from now.