We’ve got a whole mess of Marquette men’s basketball scholarship offers to talk about here. Not only has head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff stayed busy, it’s that time of the year where summertime fun drags more than a minute or two away from the keyboard and into the outdoors.
So, let’s catch up, shall we?
MU has two fresh Class of 2020 offers on the table, as well as FIVE — count ‘em, five — new Class of 2021 offers out there. We’ll talk about the 2020 guys here, as the Class of 2020 will be eligible to sign letters of intent this coming November, and thus the commitments will start flying fast and furious. Once the 2021 article gets published, there will be a link to it right...... wait for it...... here.
Just so everyone’s on the same page as we jump in here, this is the current and up to date Marquette scholarship situation:
As you can see, Marquette may have as many as five scholarships available for 2020-21, depending on the spot that’s currently sitting open. Replacing Markus Howard in some form or fashion is priority #1, but finding guys to fit into the roles left behind by Sacar Anim and Ed Morrow will also be fairly important.
Alrighty, here we go.
Agbo is listed by 247 Sports as a 6’6”, 215 pound small forward. He hails from San Diego, California, where he attends St. Augustine High School. 247’s Composite system says he’s a three-star prospect and ranks him #189 in the country. That puts him as the #32 small forward and the #15 player in California. Agbo’s ranking has been flying up and down the charts since March 2018, starting at #118, dropping into the 200s, bouncing back to #118 in February of this year, and then back down to his current spot. For whatever it’s worth to you, 247’s internal system has Agbo ranked #133 in the country at the moment. If I had to guess, this is more indicative of Agbo going in and out of some other ranking system, and thus bouncing up and down.
In any case, it appears that Agbo’s recruiting is blowing up right now, as what appears to be his three most recent offers are his three biggest offers: Marquette, Texas Tech, and USC. I don’t know about you, but if Marquette is getting involved with a guy that Chris Beard likes, I’m taking that as a positive sign, no matter the recruiting rankings. He also recently took an unofficial visit to Stanford, and let’s face it: If you’re even thinking about going to Stanford, you’ve got to be a pretty smart cookie.
St. Augustine went 22-8 last season. They got into the CIF Division 1 state tournament as the last team in the 30 team field and lost in the first round to a #1 seed. I can’t find any season long stats for St. Augustine or any listings for Agbo with Compton Magic at this point, so we’re flying blind as far as that goes.
Here’s a 70 second video clip of Agbo from February in what’s titled “Junior Year Mixtape.”
Congratulations to Powerhouse Hoops 2020 @_oso_i on His Offer to @MarquetteMBB— POWERHOUSE HOOPS (@PowerhouseHoops) June 25, 2019
The 6'10 G Has Become One of the Hottest Prospects in the Country!@VerbalCommits @theShowJLVargas @WCEBball @CoachJeffBecker @AzCoachMikeC @azc_obert @areacodes @ArizonaPreps @uarisecircuit @PHCircuit pic.twitter.com/K2SzDkuTNm
Blessed to receive an offer from Marquette pic.twitter.com/WTRfqhKomh— oso❗️ (@_oso_i) June 26, 2019
Read that top tweet again: 6’10” guard. Now, officially, we’re going to say that Ighodaro is a 6’9”, 190 pound power forward, because that’s what his 247 Sports page says. Going on that premise, they’ve got him ranked #100 in the country, #18 amongst power forwards, and #4 in the state of Arizona according to their Composite system. I don’t know if that would change dramatically if he were altered to a guard or even a small forward, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Stanford and Vanderbilt top his 247 recruiting interests right now as “warm” options, but he’s got Arizona and USC in there with offers as well. If he’s most interested in those two “warm” spots — both in terms of attention as well as literal weather — because of their academic reputations, it might be hard to to convince him to spend winters in Milwaukee, regardless of what he thinks about the curriculum.
As mentioned, Ighodaro hails from Arizona, specifically Phoenix, where he attends Desert Vista High School. They went 17-10 last season, which was still good enough for a #9 seed in the AIA 6A state tournament, but they lost in the first round. DVHS doesn’t appear to be a very high scoring team in general, so don’t freak out when I tell you that Ighodaro averaged 9.8 points per game in the 21 games that MaxPreps has stats for, along with 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.2 blocks. The stats are incomplete for the whole team, but for what they do have listed, Ighodaro was second on the team in scoring and tops in rebounding.
Here’s a three-and-a-half minute long clip on Ighodaro posted in March of this year labeled “season mix.”