On Thursday afternoon, we got our first major recruiting news for Marquette men’s basketball and their 2019 recruiting class. Dexter Akanno, a California native that is attending Blair Academy this year, made a verbal commitment to play for MU and announced that commitment on Instagram.
Marquette officially made a scholarship offer to the 6’4”, 200 pound guard back in late July, and he recently made a visit to Milwaukee to see things for himself. Virginia Tech had recently made an offer as well, and it seemed like other high major programs were starting to circle. Akanno had been drawing attention from Ivy League schools as well, which means that his post-graduate year at Blair Academy in New Jersey is more about his physical development as a basketball player than it is about his academic prospects.
Relative to his physical abilities, we should probably point out that Akanno did not have a 247 Sports page back in late July. Miraculously, now that he’s committed to play for Marquette, he suddenly does have a page. What he doesn’t have, though, is any kind of ranking or rating relative to the rest of his 2019 classmates. I imagine that will change as the 2018-19 school year goes on, but for now, Akanno is something of a diamond in the rough in terms of a prospect.
Akanno is Marquette’s first committed recruit in the class of 2019. As such, here’s MU’s brand new up to the minute scholarship chart.
Marquette has both Nico Mannion and James Bishop scheduled for official visits during Marquette Madness weekend, but for now, head coach Steve Wojciechowski projects to have just one open scholarship remaining for 2019.