Every year, June 15th is the first day that college basketball coaches can call high school prospects who just finished their sophomore year of high school. This year, that means contract with the recruiting class of 2020.
As you might expect, things were flying around fast and furious on Friday, as Marquette‘s coaching staff dialed up a whole bunch of prospects for the first time.
We’ll split these up into two categories: Guys who were contacted and guys who were either offered scholarships or were already offered scholarships. One of them is a very big category, while the other is not very big at all. You’ll be able to figure it out pretty quickly.
One more thing to keep in mind: Marquette made a bunch of scholarship offers on June 15th last year for the class of 2019, and one year later, none of those offers have turned into commitments, and none even seem to be trending in that direction.
We’ll give you the scholarship picture up here at the top so you go into this with an idea of what MU is looking for with the 2020 class. Marquette currently projects to have four scholarships coming open and available for that fall.
GUYS WHO WERE CONTACTED
The following schools all reached out to 2020 five-star Jabri Abdur-Rahim tonight:— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2018
Abdur-Rahim is a 6’5”, 185 pound small forward who attends Blair Academy in New Jersey. 247 Sports ranks him as the #20 player in the class and the best player in the state. In case you were wondering, yes, he’s the son of former NBA player Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
The following schools reached out to 2020 Richie Springs who is one of the most underrated in the class:— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2018
Springs is listed as a 6’9”, 200 pound small forward from Brooklyn, New York, by 247 Sports. He’s the #67 player in the recruiting class, and the top player in the state.
The following schools all reached out to 2020 Justin Lewis last night:— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) June 15, 2018
At 6’7” and 225 pounds, 247 Sports lists Lewis as a power forward. They also rank him as the #58 player in the class, and the #4 player in the state of Maryland, where he attends Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
2020 guard Niels Lane (@TeamFinalHoops and @PerkBasketball) tells me he's heard from Marquette, Providence, Stanford, La Salle, VCU, Rice, Tulane, Holy Cross, Siena, and Penn since midnight— Ari (@ARosenfeldDVHR) June 15, 2018
According to 247 Sports, Lane already has offers from Connecticut, Drexel, and Providence. The 6’3”, 175 pound point guard doesn’t have a rating or a composite ranking at this point, but that might really be more of a timing issue, as even 247’s internal system only goes out to 123 right now. If he’s drawing attention from MU, Providence, Stanford, and VCU, I think it’s safe to say he’s a top 200 prospect for sure.
2020 four-star Caleb Love has heard from tons of schools since midnight, among them:— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2018
Mizzou, Xavier, Depaul, Marquette, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia, Creighton, Michigan, Kansas State, among others.
Love is ranked #142 in 247 Sports’ Composite system right now, which gives you an idea of the lack of attention given to Lane right now. Love is a 6’3”, 170 pound point guard from Saint Louis.
The following schools have reached out to Cam’Ron Fletcher (@CamRonFletcher1): xavier , k-state , creighton , tulsa , louisville , iowa , ohio state , virginia tech , texas a&m , mizzou , michigan , kansas , illinois , marquette— Take That Mask Off (@_TTMO_) June 15, 2018
So, as you can see, this is the only tweet in here that’s not coming from someone doing recruiting news work. It’s also the only tweet I can find that mentions Marquette and Fletcher together at this point. A skim through the tweets from the account seem to imply that it’s at least reasonably attached to a grassroots club team, so we’ll go with it for now.
I’m also only including this because Fletcher, a 6’6”, 180 pound power forward, is ranked #54 in the country by 247 Sports. If he was unrated and unranked like Lane, I probably would have just left this one out.
Louisville, Providence, Temple, La Salle, NC State, Penn State, Ohio State, Marquette & Florida have all reached out to '20 guard A.J. Hoggard from @TeamFinalHoops (PA).— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) June 15, 2018
You can never really have too many point guard types on the roster, so it’s nice to see MU making contact with Hoggard, a 6’3”, 185 pound lead guard. The Pennsylvania prospect is ranked #79 in the country by 247 Sports.
West Virginia and Marquette also reached out to R.J. Davis of @step_basketball today. https://t.co/ccqV8HWMnM— Varsity Insider (@lohudinsider) June 15, 2018
If you’re the kind of guy that would prefer to not see Marquette recruit guards under six feet tall ever again, well, you’re not going to be a fan of Davis, who is listed at 5’11” and 150 pounds. He’s also not rated or ranked by 247 Sports at this point, so it’s reasonable to wonder why that is. The New York native already has offers from Illinois, Maryland, St. John’s, and California, so it’s clear that there’s enough coaches out there who see him as a high major prospect.
Also for Hassan Diarra’20 @hassan_diarra11 of @PSAhoops & @PSACardinals ....— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) June 15, 2018
St. Joseph’s https://t.co/u69Y275tVd
Diarra is a top 100 prospect that only has offers from Fordham and Rhode Island at this point. The 6’2”, 180 pound point guard attends Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut, where he’s ranked as the best player in the state.
Prior Lake/@adidasD1MN 4-star 2020 forward Dawson Garcia has heard from Xavier, Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, Purdue, Marquette, Wisconsin, Butler, Baylor, Illinois, and Iowa today. pic.twitter.com/u0SzVb9Wkc— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) June 16, 2018
In the cases of Niels Lane and R.J. Davis, they don’t have any kind of rating or ranking from 247 Sports. Garcia is different, as his Composite rating/ranking is N/A right now, because their internal ranking has him at #97 in the country and #2 in the state of Minnesota behind only Jalen Suggs, the #2 player in the country. Garcia is a 6’10”, 200 pound power forward, and I would imagine that he’ll go shooting up the recruiting rankings as the summer goes on given his size and age.
Programs that contacted (since midnight) @PangosAACamp invitee 6-4 2020 PG Daishen Nix (Trinity/Las Vegas NV): Maryland,— Dinos Trigonis (@trigonis30) June 16, 2018
UNLV, Washington, Ohio State, Marquette, Gonzaga, Colorado, Fresno State, UTEP,
Penn, UC Irvine, Santa Clara, Portland &
Grand Canyon @coreyevans_10
Nix is in the same camp as Garcia, where 247 Sports has him rated and ranked in their internal system, but because no one else has him on a list, he doesn’t have a Composite ranking. The 6’2”, 195 pound point guard is 247’s #90 player in the country, and the #3 player in the state of Nevada.
Park Center/Grassroots Sizzle 2020 big Dain Dainja heard from Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, Butler, Xavier, Gonzaga, Florida, Marquette, Illinois,— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) June 16, 2018
Northwestern, North Carolina, Florida, and West Virginia today pic.twitter.com/KjmdEBciAg
One final guy with a 247 internal ranking, but nothing else. Dainja is listed as a 6’8”, 240 pound center by 247 Sports, and they have him as the #107 player in the class of 2020. Hailing from Minnesota, he’s the #4 player in the state, trailing two spots behind Dawson Garcia.
GUYS WHO HAVE SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS
Lynn Greer III
Lynn Greer, a class of 2020 PG playing for @TeamFinalHoops (PA), just picked up an offer from Marquette.— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) June 15, 2018
Greer is, as far as I can tell, the only player to have been offered a scholarship on the first day of phone contact. He’s a 6’3”, 160 pound point guard from the Philadelphia area, and he’s ranked #37 in the country by 247’s Composite system.
Here’s a 90 second (more like 60 second, actually) highlight clip of Greer from this past February.
Ben Steele of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pointed out that Greer already has a tiny Milwaukee tie, as his father, Lynn Greer, Jr., played for the Bucks in the mid-2000s.
.@PhenomUniverse 2020 point guard Reece Beekman heard from Texas, Texas A&M, Butler, LSU, Marquette, Minnesota, USC, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Arizona State, Tulane, and DePaul today.— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) June 15, 2018
Marquette already offered Beekman a scholarship back in early May of this year. He plays his club hoops for Phenom University, where he’s teammates with a bunch of other Wisconsin guys with Marquette scholarship offers: Jalen Johnson and Jamari Sibley in the class of 2020, as well as Patrick Baldwin, Jr., in the class of 2021.