This past weekend, Marquette men’s basketball hosted Dawson Garcia on an official visit. On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles got a little bit more positive recruiting news for the Class of 2020. Julian Strawther announced a top 10 list, and yes, YOUR Golden Eagles are on it. They’re joined by [deep breath] California, Florida, Florida State, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, UNLV, and Washington.
Whew, that’s a lot of teams.
247 Sports lists Strawther as a 6’6”, 220 pound small forward hailing from Henderson, Nevada, where he attends Liberty High School. Their Composite system marks him as a four star prospect and ranks him at #36 in the country. Strawther is #8 amongst small forwards, trailing along behind fellow Marquette prospects Jalen Johnson and Johnny Juzang, and #2 in the state of Nevada, behind Daishen Nix, who had also received attention from the Golden Eagles in the past. He will also represent Puerto Rico in the U17 Caribbean Championships and the U19 FIBA World Cup this coming summer.
Strawther has already taken advantage of the new NCAA rules that allow juniors to take official visits and visited Marquette back in December for the game against Wisconsin. Per 247’s Evan Daniels, Strawther has already taken three other official visits — Florida State, Florida, and Gonzaga — and has one scheduled with Washington in early March. That’s his per-year maximum of five visits, and he already has made unofficial visits to UNLV, his hometown team, and USC.
I don’t know what you want to make of this, but it’s a thing:
And so is this, from a fellow 2020 Marquette prospect:
Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like right now.
Symir Torrence is already committed to Marquette, and for now, he’s a 2020 prospect just like Strawther. There’s a chance that he could reclassify to 2019, but that doesn’t change Marquette’s position of having four scholarships available in the fall of 2020. The Golden Eagles have a lot of irons in the fire for 2020, including Dawson Garcia, who just visited Marquette this past weekend, Garcia’s in-state compatriots Jalen Suggs (seen above) and Dain Dainja, and Milwaukee area top 100 prospects Jalen Johnson and Jamari Sibley. There’s still a long and winding path before we get to November 2019 when any of these guys can sign a national letter of intent, so we’ll see what happens between now and then.