The catchphrase is ABC: Always Be ‘Crootin. Steve Wojciechowski and the Marquette staff appear to have taken that to a different level recently, as they’ve handed out three offers to three players with the Phenom University club team. We already talked about Jamari Sibley and Reece Beekman in a different article, but now, we move on to the third. According to Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook’s Mark Miller, Marquette has offered a scholarship to Class of 2021 forward Patrick Baldwin, Jr.
Marquette has extended a scholarship offer to 2021 F Patrick Baldwin Jr. (6-8) of Sussex Hamilton and Phenom University.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) May 5, 2018
Yes, that’s Class of 2021, as in “just finishing his freshman year of high school.” This has been your “you are old” update for today.
247 Sports lists Baldwin as a 6’8”, 175 pound small forward, and remember that he’s 15 when you read those numbers. His early physical development has already helped attract scholarship offers from Arizona State, DePaul, Kansas State, Minnesota, and USC. It should not be a surprise to you that these are mostly the same schools that have already offered scholarships to his club teammates as well.
According to WisSports.net, Baldwin averaged 16.3 points as a freshman for Hamilton, including shooting 41% from behind the three point arc. Apparently someone did not keep very careful stats after that, as the entire team is only marked as recording a handful of rebounds and assists on the year. In any case, Hamilton struggled in the middle section of the season, losing six of seven games. They caught fire late, though, winning five of their last six regular season games before winning five straight WIAA tournament games. That advanced them all the way to the state semifinals where they lost to Oshkosh North when their second half comeback fell one buzzer-beater short. Baldwin led all Hamilton scorers in that game with 22.
We can’t really wrap up this article without discussing the “junior” in Baldwin’s name. Patrick Baldwin, Sr., is the head men’s basketball coach at Milwaukee. The Panthers went 16-17 in Baldwin’s first season at the helm, including winning six of their last 10 Horizon League games. They’re currently undergoing some roster turmoil, though, as their top three players have all elected to transfer. In addition to that, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that three of the recruits signed for next fall have asked to be released from their letter of intent. That’s.... not great. Baldwin is UWM’s third coach in as many years due to LaVall Jordan leaving for Butler after just one season, so there’s a lot going on there. The question becomes whether or not the younger Baldwin is interested in playing for his father..... not to mention whether or not his father will be coaching on Milwaukee’s east side for one reason or another by the time 2021 rolls around.
Here’s a nearly 4 minute long highlight reel from Baldwin’s freshman campaign.
The fall of 2021 currently looks like it will be a pretty important recruiting class for Wojo, as Marquette is currently slated to have four scholarships open up following the end of the 2020-21 season. That’s an awful long way away, though, and who knows how many things can change between now and then.
Here’s what the scholarship picture looks like right now.