Australian big man Harry Froling has elected to transfer out of SMU after one semester, and he’s going to make his transfer destination known on Tuesday, January 10. If I’m doing my math right, that’s tomorrow.
I'll be announcing/making my decision known tomorrow. Gotta let the dust settle, thanks to everyone who has sent me messages #decisions— Harry Froling (@HarryFroling) January 10, 2017
Hey, look, he even said tomorrow. That was helpful.
Anyway, the point here is that Froling was visiting Marquette on Sunday and Monday. Now, the immediate thought process would be to say “oh, he announced after his visit that he’ll announce the next day, he’s obviously going to pick MU.” I see where you’re going with that, and it makes a certain amount of sense.
There’s also this line in an article from the Townsville Bulletin, aka his hometown newspaper back in Australia:
The 18-year-old is back home for Christmas and told The Townsville Bulletin on Thursday he will decide on his new home - either Oregon State or Ohio’s Dayton Flyers - by January 10.
That was published on December 29th, so this was kind of always the plan. As you can see there, Froling was originally considering Dayton, but he ultimately never took a visit to the Flyers, opting instead to come to Milwaukee. The news of his trip to Wisconsin kind of came out of nowhere last week, and that should probably give you a bit more of an optimistic mindset when it comes to Froling choosing Marquette. After all, you don’t cancel one visit and schedule another one suddenly if you’re A) not serious about the new visit and/or B) not totally sold on your other option, in this case, Oregon State.
Froling, who is listed at 6’11” and 260 pounds, averaged about 15 minutes per game in 10 appearances for the Mustangs, scoring 4.3 points and grabbing 3.2 rebounds. This was his freshman year, so he’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining wherever he chooses to go, but due to NCAA transfer restrictions, he’ll have to sit out til the end of the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.
Marquette has one scholarship available to be used immediately and three spots open for next fall. Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like going forward: