Marquette men’s basketball hasn’t played a game since last week Monday. That has given the MU coaching staff some time to stretch their wings and go see some potential future Golden Eagles over the past week, and in one case, it resulted in a new scholarship offer.
Marquette has extended an offer to Class of 2019 point guard James Bishop.
Marquette Offered !— Church ' (@RealJB10) January 23, 2018
Hopefully it’s not just because Bishop WENT OFF with the Marquette staff in attendance last night.
Mount Saint Joseph's James Bishop scores 30 of his game-high 37 points in the first half and the Gaels cruise to victory over St. Vincent Pallotti STORY, VIDEO: https://t.co/2xnWS9UP3H pic.twitter.com/JVkBt4l4pT— BaltCo Sun Sports (@BaltCoSunSports) January 23, 2018
Bishop is listed at 6’2” and 170 lbs. according to 247 Sports. That site ranks him #143 in the country, but they also have him marked as a four star prospect in their Composite system. 247 lists six schools as having offered Bishop a scholarship so far, including Georgetown, which kind of counts as a local team for the Baltimore native.
It would seem that Steve Wojciechowski is determined to add a point guard to the class of 2019, and for good reason. At that point, Marquette would be projected to have just one point guard on the roster in the form of Markus Howard, and he’ll be a senior that season. If not just to back up Howard, MU will need to have another point guard on the roster in order to just learn how to handle things before being handed the reins full time in 2020. Marquette is already out on De’Vion Harmon, who committed to Oklahoma, and expecting Tyrese Maxey to go anywhere but SMU where his father is now employed as an assistant coach is probably a bad plan. Marquette also has offers out to D.J. Carton and Mark “Rocket” Watts, but both of those young men are fielding offers left, right, and center. The argument can definitely be made that Marquette has at the very least started establishing backup plans with their offer to Bishop.
Marquette currently expects to have two open scholarships for the fall of 2019. Here’s the scholarship table for the Golden Eagles going forward.