In 2003, Dwyane Wade led Marquette past No. 1-seeded Kentucky in the Elite Eight, only to be sent home by Kansas in the Final Four. On the other side of the bracket, Texas also made an appearance in the national semifinal, but, like Marquette, was sent packing.
Why is this relevant? It might not be, but the Golden Eagles, along with those three schools from the 2003 Elite Eight, all made 2018 5-star guard Quentin Grimes’ list of final four schools he’ll consider attending next fall.
The 6’4” Grimes, who is currently ranked No. 17 overall in 247 Sports’ composite rankings, narrowed his list down after hosting each school to in-home visits between Saturday and Monday (Marquette’s was on Saturday). Here’s what he told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels about his relationship with Marquette:
“They’ve been consistent the whole summer. They were 3 deep at almost every game and front row at every game. Their whole message is I’m the only guard they are recruiting. Come in there and be in the backcourt with Markus Howard. He’s a shooter and we can both shoot the ball pretty well and really just take over the program and try and take it to the new level.”
As we’ve seen this summer, Steve Wojciechowski and Co. have been doing a great job at showing up for priority recruits, something that obviously matters to these kids in recruitment. According to Adam Zagoria, Marquette rolled deep for this weekend’s visit as well.
Marquette had their entire staff today for a Home visit with 2018 PG @qdotgrimes— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 9, 2017
Grimes expanded on his relationship with Wojo to Eric Bossi of Rivals:
“I think the relationship I’ve built with coach (Steve) Wojciechowski over the last year stands out,” he told Bossi. “He played guard too and he has a great understanding of the game. He coached USA Basketball too and coached guys like Kobe (Bryant) and LeBron (James) so being able to pick his brain about what it takes to make it is great.”
The other three schools had messages you might expect from each program. Kentucky made it clear they can get him to the next level, while Texas and Kansas each pitched Grimes on playing with other high-level recruits.
Grimes told Daniels that his next step is to make his official visits to each school, and to get to know the campuses and teams better. As for when a decision will come, Grimes is still uncertain.
“I’m not rushing to make any decision,” he told Bossi. “Whenever the timing is right, I will do it.”
For now, Marquette can only wait it out. Is the competition stiff? Sure, but Marquette has made it clear that Grimes can come in and immediately be the man in Milwaukee. Wojo has made the guard a priority for the program to build around and hopefully get back to the real Final Four.
Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like going forward. You’ll note that for right now, the Golden Eagles do not project to have an open scholarship available for Grimes in the fall of 2018.