Marquette men’s basketball recruiting took a step forward towards this coming November’s signing period on Monday evening when Class of 2019 forward Jalen Wilson included the Golden Eagles in his final six schools.
247 Sports lists Wilson as a 6’6”, 185 pound small forward. He hails from Denton, Texas, where he attends Guyer High School. Marquette has had an offer out to him since last June, and to a certain degree, the Golden Eagles got in the door early with Wilson. As you can see from our article last summer, Wilson was a top 150 prospect according to 247 Sports’s internal system at the time. Now? He’s a five star prospect ranked #15 in the country and #1 in the state of Texas. In the 247 Composite system, which did not have a ranking for Wilson last June, he’s a four star prospect ranked #28 in the country. He’s the eighth best small forward, and the third best player in the state of Texas, trailing just Tyrese Maxey and Will Baker, both of whom picked up offers from Marquette at one point or another. As always, I tend to favor what the Composite system says, if for no other reason than it’s a combination of even more sets of eyes evaluating a player.
For those of you who care about such things, Wilson currently has three Crystal Ball predictions: One for Marquette, one for Michigan, and one, from 247’s Director of Scouting Jerry Meyer, for the now-eliminated Oklahoma. For what it’s worth, the Marquette pick was first, coming last October. Like I said, for those of you who care about such things.
Here’s the most recent/longest highlight package for Wilson that I can find, posted to YouTube in December of 2017.
Wilson is clearly something of a priority for Marquette, which is notable given how much effort head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff are putting into snagging a lead/point guard in the class of 2019 as well. The Golden Eagles currently project to have two scholarships available for the fall of 2019, so we’ll have to wait and see where things go between now and the fall signing period.
Here’s what the scholarship picture looks like right now: