Sometimes, Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his assistant coaches get hooked on a particular club basketball team and just start offering everyone in sight. That’s kind of how we ended up with Ike Eke, Greg Elliott, and Jamal Cain all on the roster together, and last year, it was the Phenom Hoops team that featured Jalen Johnson, Jamari Sibley, and Reece Beekman.
This year, it appears that they really like New York Renaissance. We talked recently about their offer to Adama Sanogo, and the Golden Eagles have had an offer out to Jonathan Kuminga from that same program for a while now. Now it’s an offer to Class of 2020 point guard RJ Davis.
According to 247 Sports, RJ Davis is a 5’11”, 150 pound combo guard out of New York. He attends Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, which is roughly 30 miles northeast of Madison Square Garden. The 247 Composite system says he’s a three-star prospect ranked #204 in the country, which puts him 15th amongst combo guards and fifth in the state of New York. He trails behind Marquette targets Jalen Suggs, Nimari Burnett, and Johnny Davis on a national level, as well as 2020 Marquette commit Symir Torrence.
You’ll notice from the tweet by the always on top of it Andrew Slater that he said that Davis is a four-star prospect. While the Composite system says he’s a three-star, we do have to acknowledge that 247’s internal system has Davis at #112 in the country, and that does make him a four-star prospect for them. It’s just not a consensus opinion at this point.
Davis’ offer sheet thus far reads like one of a prospect about ready to blow up. You’ve got George Washington, La Salle, and UMass before you start working your way up to Maryland, Indiana, and Penn State. Finally, you start getting into actual important schools like Seton Hall and St. John’s. If he’s going to be spending time playing with Kuminga, the #3 player in the class of 2021, during the forthcoming summer, odds are that the list of offers for Davis is only going to keep growing.
Davis has already set the Stepinac all-time scoring record, and averaged 25.4 points per game this past high school season. For laughs, he added 7.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.7 steals, and again: He’s maybe six feet tall.
Here’s a highlight reel of him throwing up 27 in a game back in December:
Here’s a three minute long clip from January 2018. It’s on the older side, of course, but it’s hard to ignore three minutes of highlights.
The class of 2020 is a big one for Marquette, as they’re projected to be losing four seniors from the year before. There’s also the issue of Wojciechowski’s recent contract extension that runs through the end of the 2020 prospects’ senior season. Not only will MU have space on the roster to fill, but the coaching staff also needs to restock the roster with top end talent to continue to progress down the path that all MU fans would like to see.
Here’s what the scholarship chart looks like right now.