ABC - Always Be ‘Crootin’.
Many a college sports coach will tell you that recruiting is the lifeblood of a program, and Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff kept that lifeblood flowing on Tuesday when they offered a scholarship to Class of 2019 point guard D.J. Carton.
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of Marquette pic.twitter.com/ah4KinMa7z— Dee Jay (@DJCarton) June 27, 2017
Please do not give D.J. Carton a bunch of static on Twitter about the “University of Marquette” thing, okay? Cool? Cool. Cool cool cool.
Carton hails from Bettendorf, Iowa, which I just realized sticks out in my mind as the hometown of mixed martial arts fighter and trainer Pat Miletich. He’s 6’1” and 180 pounds, according to his 247 Sports page..... and that’s it for relevant information on him on that page. 247 ranks 257 players in the Class of 2019 in their Composite system and 145 in their internal system, and Carton is not in either list.
This may be an exposure issue, however. Through the end of May, Carton had just two scholarship offers: North Dakota and IUPUI. In the past three weeks, though, Carton has attended camps hosted by both Marquette and Wisconsin, and has picked up offers from both schools. I suspect that when the recruiting services adjust their 2019 rankings after the end of the 2017 AAU circuits, Carton’s name will be included in a lot of those lists.
According to this article published today in the Des Moines Register, Marquette could get two easy chances to get another look at Carton, as he’ll play two AAU tournaments in Milwaukee in July. Of course, with the Badgers and the Golden Eagles both offering him a spot recently, this means other high major coaches will probably go out of their way to check him out at those events as well.
At the moment, Marquette projects to have at least two scholarships open for the fall of 2019, but as always, there’s a lot of time between now and November 2018 when Carton and his classmates can sign letters of intent. Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like going forward: