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The Golden Eagles do have a scholarship sitting open right now.

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Final Four isn’t until Saturday and the national championship trophy won’t be hoisted until Monday night, but it’s still the offseason for almost all of men’s college basketball now. That means it’s also the time of the year where players are having postseason conversations with their coaches, and thus, some players are making it known that they’re going to be transferring from their current school.

With just one scholarship available for the 2019-20 season and Symir Torrence’s decision about reclassifying to 2019 still out in the ether, I had figured that Marquette wouldn’t be active players in the transfer market this season. However, on Monday, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman changed that. He put together (or at least updated) a list of the best transferring players with 16 graduate transfers and 10 standard transfers. Wouldn’t you know it, but Marquette is mentioned in connection with two of the players who would have to sit out for a year.

As a heads up here, Goodman says that the school lists attached to each player are from the players themselves and also says “in many instances, they are a list of the schools who have reached out to them.” I don’t know what line Goodman is trying to draw there, unless it’s “sometimes it’s actual contact, sometimes it’s a wish list from the player.” So, just keep in mind that it’s hard to gauge Marquette’s actual interest level in either of these guys for the time being.

GUY #1: Anthony Duruji

At 6’7” and 215 pounds, Duruji is listed as a forward on Louisiana Tech‘s roster. As a sophomore this past season, he averaged 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks, with relatively the same numbers in 18 games of Conference USA action. He can shoot it a little bit, knocking down 36% of his long range attempts on three tries per game in 65 games for the Bulldogs in two years. Per KenPom.com, he was just barely outside the top 400 in defensive rebounding rate this past season, and #200 right on the nose in block rate.

Duruji was a top 500 prospect coming out of high school in Maryland, but from his 247 Sports page, it appears that adding 25 pounds has done him a world of good.

Here’s a scouting report that Goodman gathered from a coach who either coached him or against him:

“Freak athlete. Strong, competitive, really good shooter with feet set. 6-foot-7, high upside. No brainer high-major.”

Other listed schools: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Baylor, Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona State, VCU, USC, George Mason, Ole Miss, Nevada, Indiana

KenPom sophomore year comparisons: Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop, Colorado’s Xavier Johnson, Oregon’s EJ Singler, Miami’s Brian Asbury, Loyola-Chicago’s Ben Averkamp

GUY #2: D.J. Harvey

Like Duruji, Harvey just finished his sophomore season. The 6’6”, 225 pound guard started in Notre Dame’s first 29 games of the season before missing the final four games of the year. He averaged 10.7 points and 4.2 rebounds on the year in 25.9 minutes per game. He appears to be comfortable shooting threes, averaging 3.4 attempts in his 48 game Notre Dame career, but he’s only connecting on 30.9% of them.

There’s nothing particularly of note in his KenPom profile, but that may have to do with the fact that he missed the back half of his freshman season with an injury that ended up requiring surgery. According to our friends over at One Foot Down, Harvey never quite seemed to be back to 100% in 2018-19. Coming out of DeMatha Catholic in Washington, D.C., Harvey was a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2017 according to 247 Sports, so there would definitely seem to be some untapped potential with him.

Here’s a scouting report that Goodman gathered from a coach who either coached him or against him:

“Talented mid-range shooter who needs to become more consistent with his 3-point shot.”

Other listed schools: USC, Houston, Georgetown, Iowa, Auburn, Maryland, Xavier, Cincinnati, Nevada

KenPom sophomore year comparisons: Colorado’s George King, Georgia Tech’s Jason Morris, Penn State’s Payton Banks, San Diego’s Duda Sanadze, Oklahoma’s Jason Detrick

Here’s what the Marquette scholarship situation looks like right now. Both Duruji and Harvey would be eligible to play for MU starting in the 2020-21 season. If Marquette is interested in adding a player, then that would seem to imply that Torrence’s option for 2019 is contingent on some other factor. The most likely option there would be Markus Howard opting for a professional future.

(h/t @sgriffin_87to98)