The Marquette men’s basketball coaching staff has that “can’t stop/won’t stop” going on, as it’s just been a steady stream of scholarship offers for the Class of 2020. It’s been just over a week now since college basketball coaches could call prospects that just finished their sophomore year of high school, and this is the fifth article that we’ve managed to cobble together on the topic.
Today, we’re going to discuss three new scholarship offers for the Golden Eagles, with two names from earlier in the contact period and what I believe is a brand new name.
Blessed and grateful to receive a offer from Marquette University‼️ pic.twitter.com/7cqNcgRK1U— Dawson (@Dawson23lee) June 21, 2018
We first heard word of MU’s contact with Garcia on the first day of contact with 2020 prospects, so this isn’t particularly new news. Garcia’s not the first guy to have initial contact followed up by an offer later on. Last year, Marquette made an awful lot of scholarship offers on the very first day of contact, so I wonder if the coaching staff has changed up tactics a little bit.
Sometimes things change quickly in the recruiting world. A week ago when we were putting together the rundown on the guys that MU had reached out to, Garcia wasn’t included in 247 Sports’ Composite system and was ranked #97 in their internal setup. Today? #55 in the country on the Composite list and #37 internally. That’s pretty wild.
Garcia is a 6’10”, 200 pound power forward hailing from Prior Lake, Minnesota, which could very loosely be called a suburb of Minneapolis. He already has scholarship offers from Xavier, Baylor, Butler, Texas, and, of course, Minnesota.
Max Preps says that Garcia’s Prior Lake High School squad went 22-6 last season, however, I can only find a stat setup that gets us 26 games worth of stats, or at least, the most anyone played was 26 games. That includes Garcia, who averaged 21.7 points. The stats aren’t complete, though, as they only mark rebounds for three games, and he averaged 9.7 per game in those. The most interesting thing from the stats are Garcia attempting the second most three-pointers on the team. Again, he’s 6’10”. He only connected on 32% of his tries, and he averaged less than one attempt per game, but that’s still something.
Here’s a couple of highlight clips, both from this spring.
Clark is an interesting offer, as he is club teammates on Compton Magic with Johnny Juzang, who picked up an offer from Marquette himself back in mid-May. When there’s teammates with offers spread out like that, you automatically wonder what caused that. In this case, the answer is probably the simple one: Wojo (or one of his assistants) couldn’t place a call to Clark until mid-June and something else had put them in proximity to Juzang in order to make that offer at that point.
247 Sports says that Clark is a 6’5”, 200 pound shooting guard from Corona, California, which is a little bit west from Anaheim. He’s regarded as a four-star prospect by their Composite system and ranked #35 in the country. He’s the 10th best shooting guard, three spots behind fellow MU prospect MarJon Beauchamp, and the fifth best player in California. That puts him one spot behind Juzang, three spots behind fellow Compton Magic guy Evan Mobley, and two spots ahead of Nimari Burnett, who has heard from the Golden Eagles recently. Clark currently holds offers from UCLA, Cal, and USC.
Clark has already proven to be a reliable hand at Centennial High School in Corona. He averaged just short of 10 points per game as a freshman, and boosted that up to 18 points per game as a sophomore. He also tacked on 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his second season. Can’t go wrong with that kind of production. However, if Clark and Marquette are going to continue down this path together, he’s going to have to improve on his 26% career three point shooting on 215 attempts.
Here’s a short highlight clip of Clark from this past December.
Grateful to receive an offer from first Big East school Marquette‼️ pic.twitter.com/RuyDZhEhR0— Dain Dainja (@DDainja) June 22, 2018
Like Garcia, Dainja’s name also popped up during this past week as someone that Marquette was reaching out to as soon as they could. Also like Garcia, Dainja hails from Minnesota, where the 6’8”, 240 pound big man attends Park Center High School in the north suburbs of Minneapolis.
While Garcia picked up a bump in the 247 Sports Composite rankings since last weekend, the same can not be said for Dainja. He still qualifies as “N/A” in that setup, but 247’s internal system has him as the #104 player in the class of 2020. As a guy with that kind of size at his young age, Dainja already has offers from the likes of Baylor, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and West Virginia.
That list of offers is likely to expand this summer. Dainja is playing on the same club team on the Under Armour circuit as fellow Minnesotan Jalen Suggs, who is ranked #2 in the class of 2020 by 247 Sports. Coaches will be out in droves to see Suggs, and some of that attention will accidentally spill over onto Dainja.
This site shows Dainja averaging 13.1 points in 20 appearances for Park Center last season. He shot a whopping 71%, so either his touch around the rim is ridiculous or there’s a lot of very tiny dudes on Park Center’s schedule. As is the case with Dawson and that same website, the rebounding stats are questionable at best. It shows Dainja with just two games played, but he did average 9.5 caroms in that pair of contests.
This two minute highlight clip from early May is the best one I can embed, but you can check out a nearly four minute video on Hudl.
With the looming departures of Markus Howard and Sam Hauser, Marquette’s 2020 recruiting class figures to be an important one. Here’s what the scholarship chart looks like right now.