On Friday afternoon, Class of 2020 guard Symir Torrence announced to the world that he’ll be letting everyone know his college decision on Sunday, January 6. This is notable here on this Marquette internet site because Torrence is down to Cincinnati, Butler, and, obviously, the Golden Eagles.
I will be announcing my college decision on Sunday !— Symir Torrence (@EGB_ST4) January 4, 2019
247 Sports lists Torrence as a 6’3”, 170 pound combo guard hailing from Syracuse, NY. While that’s his home town, he attends Vermont Academy in Vermont (duh). 247 says that he’s the #51 prospect in the country according to their Composite system, as well as the #5 combo guard, where he trails behind Marquette prospects Jalen Suggs and Nimari Burnett among others. His page says that he’s the top prospect from New York, but after a couple of clicks, you realize that he’s actually the top 2020 prospect in Vermont, and would be the #2 guy in New York, just ahead of recent St. John’s commit Nate Tabor.
I am normally loathe to discuss 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball prediction system as it’s largely nonsense. However, there are certain times where it becomes incredibly interesting and useful. Immediately after a prospect declares his intention to announce his decision is one of those times. Torrence announced his intention on Friday afternoon and within six hours, three people had issued a prediction for Marquette, including Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook’s Mark Miller. I’m not saying this is a signed, sealed, and delivered commitment. I refuse to give the Crystal Ball that much credibility. I am saying that it’s fascinating that three people went running to the prediction machine as soon as Torrence announced that he was ready to commit and that they all picked the same school.
There is another issue on the table, by the way. When Torrence transferred to Vermont Academy, he also reclassified to the Class of 2020. He was a 2019 prospect before that, and according to this article from Prep Circuit’s Pat Lawless from a week ago, there appears to be some discussion as to whether or not that Torrence will return to the 2019 class. If it’s worth mentioning and it’s worth a quote from Torrence in that article, then you have to figure that it’s one of his top three that’s having that conversation with him. For now, we’ll call him a 2020 prospect, though, and see where things go from there.
With Koby McEwen presumably slotting directly into Joseph Chartouny’s spot in the Marquette rotation, Greg Elliott’s return from his injury caused redshirt, and Dexter Akanno on his way in, I’m not entirely sure that MU is in need of a freshman combo guard in 2019-20. However, with Markus Howard and Sacar Anim headed out the door following that season, there would definitely be space in the lineup for Torrence to make some kind of an impact. Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like right now.