Surprise, surprise, surprise.... there’s a bunch of high school prospects expected to attend Marquette Madness on Friday night.
I know, right? Huge shocker.
It’s exciting to have player make unofficial visits — aka they are paying their own way to travel to Milwaukee — for Madness. However, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. Last year, 2018 prospects Race Thompson, Jarvis Thomas, and Grayson Carter all attended Madness, but all three of them are currently committed to schools that are not Marquette. In fact, Thompson ended up reclassifying and is actually enrolled at Indiana right now.
On the flip side, Courtney Ramey attended last year’s Madness, and even though he ended up committed to Louisville, that relationship may be paying off now that Ramey is exploring his options.
Anyway, here’s the list of guys who are expected to be in the McGuire Center on Friday. There’s “only” seven of them right now, but we’ll update the list if/when more names become available. We’ll start with the most obvious name....
2018 F Joey Hauser (6-8) of Stevens Point will take his official visit to Marquette this weekend. He committed to MU last July.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) October 5, 2017
Even if Joey Hauser wasn’t taking the visit that Marquette is picking up the tab on, it would still make sense for the top 40 prospect to be in the building on Friday night. Sam Hauser, his older brother is on the team and he is, as Mark Miller mentioned, verbally committed to play for the Golden Eagles starting next year.
.@WisconsinPGC 2020 guards Mason and Gabe Madsen will visit Marquette next weekend. @ny2lasports #Mubb— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 2, 2017
The Madsen twins might play for a Wisconsin based grassroots team, but they attend high school in Minnesota. They’re in their first year at Rochester Mayo High School, as their father is now the coach there. From a look at their 247 Sports pages, it seems that Gabe has a bit of a higher regard as a prospect, given that he has three predictions already, while Mason does not have any. For what it’s worth, Flood has predicted Gabe to Wisconsin, while Mark Miller has him headed to Marquette.
A reminder: 2020 prospects can not sign letters of intent for two more years.
Old Redford Academy/The Family duo Rocket Watts (2019 PG) & Isaiah Jackson (2020 F) are visiting Marquette Friday, then U of M Saturday.— Braeden Proctor (@BraedenP_3) October 4, 2017
Ready for some fun? Mark Watts is ranked #54 in the country by 247 Sports, while Rocket Watts comes in at #68. Get it together, 247!
It’s important to note that Watts and Isaiah Jackson both come from the same grassroots program (The Family) as current Golden Eagles Jamal Cain, Ike Eke, and Greg Elliott. As always, Marquette runs Michigan these days.
2020 F Jamari Sibley (6-8) of Nicolet plans to attend Marquette Madness Friday. MU showing strong interest in promising young forward.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) October 5, 2017
Jamari Sibley is a local kid, as Nicolet High School is just seven miles from the McGuire Center. It’s still too early to take any 2020 rankings terribly seriously, as 247 doesn’t even provide them for that class and ESPN only goes out to a top 25. Still, hard to go wrong with a Milwaukee area prospect who is already 6’8” tall as a sophomore.
2019 F Nobal Days (6-9) of Racine Park plans to attend Marquette Madness Friday evening. Days is state's top prospect in 2019 class.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) October 5, 2017
Marquette has been involved with Nobal Days for a long time now, and as I recall, MU is the first school to have offered him a scholarship. He also attended Madness last year. 247 Sports has the Racine native ranked #55 in the country and #1 in Wisconsin by a pretty wide margin.
UPDATES! (7:48am Friday)
Big visit wkd for Marquette. Madness Visitors: Mark Watts, Isaiah, Jackson, Joey Hauser, DJ Carton, Gabe Madsen, Jamari Sibley, Nobal Days— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 5, 2017
It looks like a recap of the earlier tweets, but Evan Daniels is providing a confirmation on DJ Carton in the middle of that. I was able to find mention from a few weeks ago that Carton was going to visit Marquette in the following weeks, but never a specific mention of him being on campus for Madness. Carton is a bit of a rising star in recruiting, going from unranked when Marquette offered him a scholarship to sitting at #139 in the class of 2019 according to 247 Sports.
Excited to be attending @MarquetteMBB Midnight Madness with @desmondpolk2020 tomorrow night! #mubb #proudCoach @NBWAthletics @WisBBYearbook @Evan_Flood @NBW_hoops— Coach Mattox (@CoachBMattox) October 6, 2017
As you can guess here, Desmond Polk is a Class of 2020 recruit, and he attends New Berlin West High School out in the Milwaukee suburbs. Because he’s a 2020 prospect, we don’t really have any ranking information on him, but we know 1) he’s 6’3”, 150 lb. as a sophomore, and 2) Back in May he was considered to be the #23 prospect in the state according to this article that was apparently written by Mark Miller.