The ever-popular Jake Weingarten let the world know on Monday morning that Marquette was going to have that rare recruiting item drop on them next weekend: A summertime official visit. In this case, it’s 2020 top 150 forward Justin Lewis making the trip to Milwaukee on the university’s dime.
Just spoke with four-star junior Justin Lewis. He tells me that this upcoming weekend he will take an official visit to Marquette. This will be his second visit to the school, with the first being an unofficial.https://t.co/nB5hCQruPx— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 27, 2019
Just so we’re all on the same page here, we’re talking about the weekend of June 1st, 2019.
247 Sports lists Lewis as a 6’7”, 225 pound power forward. He hails from Towson, Maryland, and attends Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He’s a four-star prospect according to the 247 Composite system, where he ranks #132 in the Class of 2020. At this time a year ago, he was a top 60 prospect, but when 247 did a mid-July shakeup, Lewis suddenly dropped into the 130s. He’s been hovering in the area ever since. He’s the 23rd best power forward in the country and the #6 prospect in the state of Maryland.
The Golden Eagles offered Lewis a scholarship back in July of 2018, not too long after his ranking dipped out of the top 100. He’s been a priority for Marquette already this spring, with head coach Steve Wojciechowski doing an in-home visit in mid-April. Just a few hours after that visit, Lewis announced his final 10 schools, which obviously included Marquette. He had previously made an unofficial visit to campus back in September 2018.
Here’s a five minute long highlight reel of Lewis scoring 36 points in a high school game:
And here’s an eight minute clip of a game where he had 23 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks. He’s wearing #10 in blue and orange, which is important here as it’s a combo highlight reel with a teammate.
Both of those videos are from February 2018, but they qualify as the best/most current options as far as videos go.
With Lewis making an official visit before the start of his senior year of high school, I’d say that he goes straight to the top of the list in terms of targets for Marquette in 2020. It’s a long, long list of guys as Wojciechowski and his staff need to make an impact on the recruiting trails to replace the four seniors that will be departing. Currently, Symir Torrence (#44 in the country) is MU’s only commitment for the class, but Torrence still might end up reclassifying to 2019 and end up on campus this fall. Vermont Academy has wrapped up their academic calendar for the year, so I would imagine an official decision from Torrence is coming sooner rather than later.
Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like at the moment.