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Rocket Watts Commits To Michigan State

And I’m not really sure how involved Marquette was after mid-July

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A slightly weird chapter in Marquette men’s basketball recruiting came to a close last weekend as Mark “Rocket” Watts made his verbal commitment to Michigan State.

The 6’1” Watts is ranked #32 in the country in the Class of 2019 by 247 Sports’ Composite system, and while he hails from Michigan, he’s currently attending Spire Institute in Ohio and is thus the best prospect in the Buckeye State.

Marquette was a prominent part of Watts’ recruitment, but after mid-July, I’m not entirely sure how involved the Golden Eagles were. See, what had happened was Watts announced a list of eight schools on July 15th, and while MU head coach Steve Wojciechowski had visited Watts in early April, the Golden Eagles were not on his list. At least they weren’t on his list for long, as Watts soon backed off that group of eight, claiming his parents were not involved in the process. That led to a list of nine schools in early August, and suddenly, the Golden Eagles were back in the mix.

At least in theory. When the prospect doesn’t include you, but a list that had consultation from his parents suddenly does include you, how close are you really? Marquette’s best case for Watts was always going to be appealing to his connections with Jamal Cain, Greg Elliott, and Ike Eke, as all four young men come from the same grassroots basketball program in Michigan. You can’t fault Watts for going with the Spartans, as it has to be awfully tempting for any Michigan native to go play for Tom Izzo and the program that he’s built over the last 20 years or so.

With Watts off the board officially, Marquette turns their attention elsewhere for their final available scholarship in the Class of 2019. Seth Lundy appears to be the primary target for the moment, as he recently included MU in a list of four. Past that, I’m not sure if Wojo and his assistants really have any other notable targets in mind for the open spot. It’s not that big a deal if they don’t, as the rotation will largely stay the same between 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Here’s what the scholarship chart looks like right now, following the commitment of Dexter Akanno.