Well, I’ll tell you what: Things have officially gotten weird in Marquette men’s basketball recruiting. Nico Mannion recently trimmed his list to just Arizona or MU before committing to the Wildcats exactly one week later and foregoing his official visit to Milwaukee.
Something relatively similar has happened, as Class of 2019 top 150 guard James Bishop committed to LSU two weeks before he was scheduled to take an official visit to Marquette.
I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Once a guy knows the right choice for him, he should shut the whole process down and simplify his life. In a weird sort of way, it’s good for Marquette. The team is only allowed to pay for a certain number of official visits in every two year period, and if dudes want to make their commitments elsewhere and give MU the opportunity to spend that official visit on a different player, I’m not going to shout loudly about it.
Bishop had announced a cutdown list of six schools back in early August, and in quick order, he had four official visits scheduled: LSU, St. John’s, VCU, and Marquette. Bishop appears to have taken the first two visits but since his commitment came right before the VCU visit, we can presume that he never made the trip to Richmond.
Bishop is listed as a 6’2”, 170 pound combo guard by 247 Sports. They have him in their Composite system as the #146 player in the country and the second best player in the state of Maryland. Bishop becomes LSU’s best recruit in the class of 2019 and elevates them to what is currently the #31 recruiting class in the country. Only the seventh best in the SEC though, but hey: Will Wade only has two prospects on board right now. Sometimes quantity is more important in these rankings, y’know?
The question in front of us now is where does Marquette go from here?
Well, from a certain point of view, it doesn’t matter.
Here’s the scholarship chart as it stands right now.
Marquette has just one scholarship projected to be available in the fall of 2019. Koby McEwen will be available after finishing his redshirt season and Dexter Akanno is verbally committed to join Marquette after a post-graduate year at Blair Academy. With that list of 12 guys set to play in blue & gold in 2019-20, does Marquette really need to make sure that they add another freshman? Maybe, maybe not.
Rocket Watts recently included Marquette in a cutdown list, but it’s unclear as to how serious he is about the Golden Eagles. Seth Lundy included Marquette in a cutdown list over the summer and just two days after Bishop made his commitment, Lundy had MU in his final four. Are those two things connected? We’ll have to wait and see.