It’s that time of the year.
As the school year begins to wind down, we enter the section of the calendar where basketball recruits start looking towards making a decision before the start of their season year.
As such, it’s not surprising to find out that Torrence Watson has included Marquette in what he’s calling his final eight schools. MU is joined by fellow Big East schools Butler and Creighton, along with Michigan, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Saint Louis, and Kansas State.
Watson is a 6’4”, 175 lb. shooting guard from Saint Louis, Missouri, according to his 247 Sports page. He’s rated as a three star prospect by their Composite system, where he ranks #141 in the country. 247’s internal grading system is a little more forgiving, giving him a four-star rating and a #95 ranking.
Back in April, Watson told the Marquette Wire that the MU coaching staff is telling him that he’ll “be able to score on offense” if he were to choose the Golden Eagles. Watson also told the Wire that he was planning to take his official visits in August.
With his cutdown, Watson moves his name towards the front of the pack for Marquette’s class of 2018. However, at least for the moment, head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff are projected to have just one open scholarship in the fall of 2018.
One would have to figure that the spot would go to Joey Hauser, a top 30 prospect, a Wisconsin native, and the younger brother of current Golden Eagle Sam Hauser, if he is interested in it. Beyond Hauser, Marquette has also shown immediate interest since the season ended in Race Thompson and Quentin Grimes amongst others in the 2018 recruiting class. I’m sure Watson won’t be the last 2018 recruit to include Marquette in their cutdowns over the next few months, so we’ll have to wait and see how big this list actually gets.