You may or may not have seen our rundown of four new scholarship offers that Marquette made coming out of last weekend’s live recruiting period events. As it turns out, head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his assistants weren’t quite done making offers, as it came out on Wednesday night that MU has offered a spot to Class of 2019 guard Caleb Mills.
Marquette has offered 2019 guard Caleb Mills of @PSBelite— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) July 19, 2018
247 Sports says that Mills is a 6’3”, 170 pound point guard..... and that’s it. He’s not ranked, he’s not rated, nothing else. Nothing in the in-house system, nothing in the Composite system. A quick check of his Verbal Commits page confirms the same thing across the rest of the recruiting spectrum.
That doesn’t mean that Mills is some undiscovered gem that only Wojo knows about. 247 Sports lists 14 offers for Mills, and all of them have come since the start of June. 13 of them have come in the past eight days. The major names on the list: Clemson, Florida State, Xavier, Providence, Wake Forest, Mississippi State, and Kansas State. This January 2018 article from Phenom Hoop Report (hey, we used their tweet a minute ago) says that Mills has been quite popular amongst mid-majors in the mid-Atlantic seaboard area.
Here’s some of what PHR said about him in terms of a scouting report:
Mills enjoys moving the rock and getting others involved he can run the break or operate in half court sets. What sticks out most is Mills decision making ability he rarely turns the ball over, and in the pick N roll Mills is a straight up maestro he will take whatever the defense gives.
I can’t find any stats for Mills and his tenure with Asheville Christian Academy in North Carolina, but I Can tell you that they reached the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 2A semifinals last year, after falling to the same Gaston Day team in the quarterfinals the year before.
The fact that Mills is a 2019 prospect does continue the questions that were raised when Wojo offered a scholarship to Dahmir Bishop a few days earlier. Does this mean that Marquette is essentially out on the other 2019 prospects that they were pursuing? Are these new offers more insurance policies than anything else? Marquette currently has no commitments for the Class of 2019 and they have two spots that will come available with the departures of Joseph Chartouny and Matt Heldt. With everyone else projected to be back, it’s not exactly crucial for the MU staff to have an impact freshman or two coming through the door to replace those two guys. However, the Golden Eagles expect to be losing four major players the following season, so it is important to have building blocks in place from the 2019 class to make the 2020 transition as smooth as possible.
Here’s what the scholarship table looks like at the moment.