We already poked around a bit at the guys that the Marquette men’s basketball coaching staff rang up on the phone over the first few days that they were able to make calls to prospects in the high school class of 2020. With that flurry out of the way, it seems that head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his assistants are getting around to handing out a few scholarship offers now.
These three offers came in rapid-fire-ish on Monday.
Love was one of the guys that we highlighted on Saturday’s roundup of the first day of recruiting calls. He’s a 6’3”, 170 pound point guard according to his 247 Sports page, and he attends Christian Brothers College High School on the west side of Saint Louis.
It seems that someone adjusted the 247 Composite rankings since Saturday. At that time, Love was #142 in the country. Here on Monday evening? Up to #91. That makes him a four-star prospect, and the third best player in the state of Missouri, behind top guy Cam’Ron Fletcher, who also heard from Marquette on Saturday. Love already holds offers from the likes of Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri, Xavier, Florida, Iowa, Northwestern, and Texas A&M.
According to this page assembled by the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, Love averaged a team high 18 points per game this past season with shooting splits of 53/35/74. He also grabbed up 3.5 rebounds, dished 3.6 assists, and snatched nearly two steals per contest in 22 appearances for CBC. The Cadets went 13-13 last season and were knocked out of the Missouri Class 5 state tournament in the first round by Webster Groves, 93-79. If you’ve been paying attention to Marquette recruiting, then it shouldn’t be surprising to you to find out that the squad with Carte’Are Gordon and Courtney Ramey was pretty good.
Here’s a highlight package for Love that was published back in early December of 2017.
Excited to have received an offer from Marquette pic.twitter.com/lljVoYuilv— Ethan Morton (@EthanMorton_24) June 18, 2018
As far as I can tell, Ethan Morton is a new name in terms of Marquette’s recruiting efforts. 247 Sports lists him as a 6’4”, 195 pound shooting guard hailing from Butler, Pennsylvania, which is a town of 13,000+ about an hour north of Pittsburgh. The 247 Composite system marks him as a four-star prospect and ranks him #57 in the country. That makes Morton the second best player in the state of Pennsylvania, trailing only Lynn Greer III, who just picked up an offer from the Golden Eagles over the weekend.
High major offers have been stacking up for a while for Morton, with Marquette joining the likes of Butler, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia, along with mid-majors like Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Wisconsin. He’s also listed as getting attention from Kentucky, Purdue, and Xavier, so I’d imagine that Morton’s mailbox will be getting more crowded with letters before it gets less crowded.
Butler High went 19-4 this past season with Morton averaging somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 points per game. He ended up taking first team all-state honors by way of a media vote in Pennsylvania’s 6A division, which is the largest in the state. Morton is one of two sophomores (Greer is the other) on the six player first team.
Here’s a short clip of EYBL highlights of Morton from a month ago.
If you’re looking for better/long highlight videos, I would recommend his Hudl page, which has a 10 minute highlight clip for each of his first two years of prep competition.
Like Morton, Torrence seems to be a new name for the Golden Eagles. The 6’3”, 170 pound New York native is a combo guard who attends Vermont Academy. That rang a bell for me, but it’s just from when Marquette was pursuing Jordan Nwora back in 2016. While Torrence is attending a prep school in Vermont, 247 Sports keeps him logged as a New York recruit, and he’s the best player in the state as well as the #80 player in the country.
It seems that Torrence is a bit of a prospect on the rise, as his most prominent offers right now according to 247 Sports are Cincinnati, Providence, and VCU. He has interest from Indiana, Ohio State, and Syracuse, so it may only be a matter of time before some big names come knocking with offers.
Torrence averaged 22 points, six assists, and seven rebounds per game as a freshman at Syracuse Science Academy before heading off to Vermont Academy for his sophomore season. I can’t find any consistent information about VA’s schedule or statistics, so I guess we just have to go by those numbers for now. Perhaps in a slightly related fashion, there aren’t any timely highlight packages readily available online for Torrence, either.
Here’s the Marquette scholarship chart as it currently stands. The Golden Eagles are projected to have four scholarships newly available for the 2020 recruiting class.
(h/t @MarkKahnWI on the Love offer)