Well, it’s official.
Dawson Garcia, a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2020, has made his verbal commitment to YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles. The Minnesota native was choosing out of a final group that also included his home state Golden Gophers, Indiana, and Memphis.
Garcia is listed by 247 Sports as a 6’11”, 220 pound power forward. The 247 Composite system currently ranked Garcia as the #31 prospect in the country, which makes him the #4 power forward in the class and the #2 prospect in the state of Minnesota. The 247 internal rankings mark Garcia as the #22 prospect in the country. ESPN has Garcia at #44 in the country, while Rivals says that he is ranked #35. He’s a four-star prospect at every turn except for the 247 internal setup, which has him as a five-star guy.
Marquette now has three commitments for the Class of 2020. Justin Lewis and Oso Ighodaro signed their letters of intent on the first day of the fall signing period. With the period going until the 20th, I would presume that we will get an official announcement on Garcia from the MU athletic department sooner rather than later. With Garcia joining the recruiting class, Marquette is projected to jump into the 247 Sports top 10. The points gained from Garcia’s addition in 247’s Class Calculator bump the Golden Eagles up to 61.47, which would land Marquette at #6 in the country. Texas Tech is at #5 with 61.79, while Virginia has 60.38 points.
If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ve noticed that Marquette now has, at least according to the way the recruiting analysts think about this things, three of the top 15 power forwards in the Class of 2020 set to enroll. At face value this seems like a not very good plan. However, if you watch highlight videos of Lewis, Ighodaro, and Garcia, you can see three very mobile young men all at 6’7” or taller. They can all move with the ball all over the court and they can all step outside and knock down shots. The goal of basketball recruiting is to get the tallest and most athletic guys you can possibly get and figure out what to do with them after that. If Marquette can assign those three guys to three-fifths of their lineup on the court, that is probably going to work out to MU’s advantage more often than not.
With Garcia on board, Marquette projects to have three scholarships sitting open and available for the fall of 2020. Karim Mane is the only real established target left out there for the Golden Eagles, and the talented Canadian is set to take an official visit to Marquette in early January.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like now.