On Tuesday evening, Marquette Golden Eagles fans were treated to news of two new scholarship offers for high school prospects.
First, head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff have offered a scholarship to Josh Green, a 6’4”, 180 lb. shooting guard in the class of 2019.
Marquette has offered 2019 Josh Green Hillcrest Prep AZ. Green one of top sophomores in… https://t.co/LnulDqMmNu— Ryan Silver (@RyanSilver1) May 3, 2017
According to 247 Sports’ Composite system, Green is the #40 ranked prospect in his class and the best prep player in the state of Arizona. As you might expect, he already has offers in hand from Arizona and Arizona State, as well as USC, California, Stanford, and Oklahoma, amongst others.
A few hours later, we got word that Marquette’s staff was hard at work on the 2020 class with an offer for Nico Mannion.
Marquette has offered 2020 Nico Mannion Pinnacle AZ. Mannion one of top freshman in country.… https://t.co/t5t96A81mu— Ryan Silver (@RyanSilver1) May 3, 2017
247 Sports says Mannion is a 6’1”, 160 lb. point guard who hails from Arizona, just like Green. While no one has offered a Crystal Ball prediction for Green, Mannion already has three picks for Arizona, along with offers from UCLA and Stanford. Apparently, it’s a little too early for people to be ranking 2020 prospects, as Mannion doesn’t have a Composite or internal ranking from 247. However, he has to be fairly highly regarded in that age group, as he participated in a USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp last September.
You’ll notice that both announcement tweets are from Ryan Silver. Mr. Silver’s Twitter bio reads as follows:
West Coast Elite Basketball Earl Watson Elite powered by Under Armour. Global basketball promoter seeking to enrich lives.
The Earl Watson part is the key here. In late March, Marquette got involved in recruiting Jemarl Baker for the Class of 2017 after he re-opened his recruitment after Cuonzo Martin left California. Baker was an Earl Watson Elite guy, and it would appear that MU’s dive into what Baker could offer the Golden Eagles led to interest in other guys in the EWE system. Marquette’s coaching staff has already shown an interest and/or ability to put a fence up around a grassroots basketball team with their recruitment of Jamal Cain, Greg Elliott, and Ike Eke from The Family in Michigan, so it’s not surprising to see the same kind of thing start to happen somewhere else.
Of course, this could just be a progression of a relationship that started last summer when Marquette was in contact with EWE’s Riley Battin, a 6’9” center in the class of 2018 who made an unofficial visit to Milwaukee back in October.
Here’s a look at Marquette’s scholarship situation going forward.