Depending on how excited you want to get about official visits by high school juniors, this weekend is potentially a big deal for Marquette men’s basketball. As previously scheduled and announced, Class of 2021 small forward Kendall Brown is taking an official visit to Marquette this weekend.
Marquette official visit this weekend let’s get it!— Kendall Brown (@TheeKbrown) October 23, 2019
247 Sports lists Brown as a 6’7”, 190 pound small forward. He is considered to be a five-star prospect in the Class of 2021, and is ranked #21 in the country at the moment. That’s up two spots from where he was when Marquette offered him a scholarship over the summer. That has him ranked #6 amongst small forwards in the class, trailing behind fellow Marquette prospects Jonathan Kuminga and Patrick Baldwin at the #1 and #2 spots at the position and in the country.
Last year, Brown was at East Ridge High School in the southeast suburbs of St. Paul in Minnesota. He averaged 17.0 points per game for them as a sophomore as they reached the Minnesota Class AAAA semifinals. He’s now at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, which makes Brown the top prospect in the state of Kansas ahead of SCA teammate Zach Clemence at #47. If Brown were still attending high school in Minnesota, he’d be the #2 prospect in the state behind #4 in the country Chet Holmgren, who also has an offer from Marquette.
As you would expect for a top 25 prospect, Brown’s scholarship offer list is stacked up with top teams in the country: Baylor, Creighton, Iowa State, Maryland, Texas, and Kansas. Are we to take anything important away from the Jayhawks having an offer out to Brown and his transfer to a prep school that’s two hours away from Lawrence? Probably not, but we can’t ignore it, either.
Here’s a three-plus minute highlight reel from early June:
We know that Marquette will have three scholarships projected to come open in the fall of 2021 following the end of eligibility for Jamal Cain, Theo John, and Koby McEwen. It’s also unclear how Steve Wojciechowski and his staff will deal with the four spots that are currently sitting open for 2020-21, so it’s possible that one or two of those spots bleed over into 2021 as well. As such, 2021 has the possibility of being (yet again) a very important recruiting class for the Golden Eagles, but Brown potentially being the centerpiece of said class would go a long way towards it living up to the requirements.
It’s important to mention that just because Brown is taking an official visit now as a junior, it doesn’t mean he’s remotely close to making any decisions about his collegiate future. 2020 prospect Dawson Garcia took an official visit to Marquette back in February, and everyone in his final four is still standing around doing their best Judge Smails impression.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.