Yeah, well, y’all can just forget about all of that nonsense.
This week Friday night, Mannion announced that he’s “110% committed” to Arizona, thus ending all of the mystery and excitement.
110% committed to the University of Arizona!! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/zh24lDl9lh— niccolo (@niccolomannion) September 14, 2018
Even when Mannion trimmed his list to just the Wildcats and the Golden Eagles last week, Arizona was still the favorite. They’re the home state team, with Mannion’s high school just two hours away from UA’s campus. They’ve been a national power for essentially as long as I can remember, and while head coach Sean Miller is currently dealing with the FBI snooping around a bit, you can’t fault any top prospect for choosing the Wildcats.
“Top prospect” is absolutely the right phrase for Mannion, by the way. He’s the #13 player in the country according to 247 Sports’ Composite system and is the #1 point guard in the class of 2019. You don’t really get more “top prospect” than “the best at a position.”
So what’s next for Marquette? Well, James Bishop is still scheduled to visit Marquette for Madness. Presumably he’s Marquette’s #1 prospect at the moment. Seth Lundy and Rocket Watts both included MU in a cutdown list over the summer, but it’s unclear how much MU is involved with either of them given the size of their list and the confusion over how the list was assembled respectively.
Marquette projects to have one scholarship available for the class of 2019 following the commitment of Dexter Akanno last week. Between the list of guys who are closest to Marquette at this point and the expected roster construction for 2019-20, it seems most likely that MU will be attempting to put another guard on the roster.
Here’s the scholarship situation right now: