Inspired by the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropping on Monday night (haven’t seen it yet? It’s waiting for you at the bottom of the page!), I have decided to match up each Marquette basketball player with a Star Wars character. I have paired them up based on how they play the game and what I know about their personality. A couple guys were paired up with dark side peeps but all those characters were pretty dope so I hope they won’t get mad at me. With no further ado...
Andrew Rowsey as Yoda
As a wise senior leader, Rowsey is the perfect match with Jedi Master Yoda. Both are short in stature but underestimate them at your own peril. Also Rowsey has to be using the Force to make those and-one lefty threes go down.
Haanif Cheatham as Lando Calrissian
You don’t really know what you are going to get with Cheatham or Lando. In his first season, Cheatham was looking like a star in the making but regressed last season and we really don’t know what we will get this year. Lando was introduced as a friend of Han and ended up in cahoots with Darth Vader before turning it around to help Luke and Leia escape Cloud City. Let’s hope Cheatham can also turn it around this season like Lando did.
Matt Heldt as BB-8
Heldt and BB-8 are two of the most loved people/robots on the planet. Both are not the main star but steal the show any time they make an appearance. I am looking both to play a larger role come December. Heldt also seems like the kind of guy who would give you a thumbs up when you concoct a ridiculous plan with him.
Ed Morrow as Darth Vader
If he has got you in his sights, there is really not much you can do to stop him. Morrow, like Vader, is an unstoppable force down low as he nearly averaged a double-double last season at Nebraska. Vader switched from the dark side to the light in Return of the Jedi and Morrow left the dark side (Big 10) to come to the light side (Big East).
Markus Howard as Mace Windu
Both are among the most lethal warriors in the galaxy and are not afraid to let others know it. Howard, like Windu needs to work on his defense as it proved to be both of their weaknesses. On the bright side, Howard will have much more time to work on it than Windu. (Spoiler alert. Sorry/not sorry.)
Sam Hauser as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Even though Sam is only a sophomore, he shares the most characteristics with the wise old mentor to Luke. Hauser has already accomplished a lot in his young career as did Obi-Wan in killing Darth Maul. Obi-Wan has appeared in or had his voice in all 7 main movies and Hauser will be a major contributor in all four seasons at Marquette.
Sacar Anim as Darth Maul
A great athlete that we don’t really know much about. Anim played sparingly during his freshman year and redshirted last year, Maul was only shown for a few minutes of screen time but was clearly the best athlete (minus Yoda) in the Star Wars universe. Like Darth Maul’s dual sided light saber Anim can be dangerous on both sides of the ball. It is yet unclear as to whether or not Anim acquired robot legs during his long time away from the court.
Harry Froling as Chewbacca
Both Harry and Chewbacca are the tallest players on their respective teams. Froling is a marksman with his three-ball and Chewbacca is a marksman with his crossbow. On top of this, both of them speak with an accent.
Jamal Cain as Rey
Both can be described as highly talented yet raw recruits. Rey showed us her potential battling off Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens and Cain showed his potential with acrobatic dunks last week at Marquette Madness. Both have power that we have rarely seen before.
Theo John as Kylo Ren
Made in the same mold as Darth Vader. Shows potential to grow into an unstoppable force in the near future although is pretty advanced already. As Kylo looks to Darth Vader for guidance (or his empty helmet at least), Theo John will be able to learn from veteran Ed Morrow in practice this year.
Greg Elliott as Poe Dameron
Haven't seen much from either of them but Poe and Greg are both pretty electrifying and we can’t wait to see what we get out of them this December. Both Elliott and Dameron seem calm, cool, and collected, and show great potential to be something special.
Ike Eke as Captain Phasma
I was pretty excited to hear the news about Gwendoline Christie playing Captain Phasma as well as I was excited to see Marquette had signed a 6’ 9” power forward/center with the absurd athletic ability of Eke. Captain Phasma was not in The Force Awakens very much, essentially receiving a redshirt similar to how Eke may not play much this year or get redshirted. Rumor is that Captain Phasma will be receiving a bigger part going forward and I expect Eke to receive a bigger role once he becomes acclimated to college basketball.