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Marquette Has Five New Class Of 2021 Scholarship Offers

This is on top of the new 2020 offers that were recently made by the Golden Eagles.

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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 2021 guys here, as we’ve already worked through the two 2020 offers over this way.

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. How/why/when those spots get filled will end up having some kind of impact on what MU does for the Class of 2021. However, we know that the Golden Eagles will be looking to replace Jamal Cain, Theo John, and Koby McEwen, as their eligibility is expected to be done at that point.

Alrighty, let’s jump right in, shall we?

DaRon Holmes

You can see Stan Johnson’s tag in that tweet, and that makes all the sense in the world. DaRon Holmes is a 6’8”, 195 pound power forward according to 247 Sports, and he plays his high school ball at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona. That’s where Stan comes in. Goodyear is on the far west side of the Phoenix metro area to give you an idea as to what we’re looking at here.

Continuing on, Holmes is currently ranked #49 in the Class of 2021 in 247 Sports’ Composite system. That has him at #13 amongst power forwards, behind fellow Marquette prospects Michael Foster and Caleb Furst, and #1 in the state of Arizona. There’s only one other AZ prospect ranked right now, but hey: 247 goes out to 138 prospects in their national rankings in 2021 right now, so being the top guy in any state is a big deal.

Millennium went 22-7 this past season, including a 10-0 record in their “section,” which I presume is coding for their league schedule in Arizona. They advanced all the way to the AIA 5A title game, but lost by just one point to Gilbert, 38-37. Holmes was named West Valley Preps Player of the Year by YourValley.net, and they had this to say about him:

A versatile 6-9 forward that can do a bit of everything is a major asset to a college basketball program. At the high school level, the same player is borderline unfair. As you might expect, Holmes ticks all the big man boxes with 19.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and an eye-popping 4.2 blocks per game. And he can pass out of inevitable double teams (3.2 assists a contest) and has quick hands, with nearly two steals a night. Only a sophomore, he needs only to make small tweaks to his game and add some lean muscle mass. Holmes’ ceiling is vaulted.

Here’s a five minute long clip of Holmes doing stuff at what I presume was a team camp hosted by Grand Canyon in June.

Langston Love

Hailing from Cibolo, Texas, on the far fringe of San Antonio, Love is currently ranked #41 in the Class of 2021 by 247 Sports’ Composite system. He’s a 6’4”, 190 pound shooting guard, and he’s the #7 shooting guard in the class and the #4 player in the state of Texas. He’s getting all those high accolades in terms of ranking and rating — he’s a four-star guy — without even being included in 247’s internal system right now.

Literally 60% of the Big 12 has already offered him a scholarship at this point. I don’t know what’s slowing Iowa State, West Virginia, and the Kansas schools down. Love also has offers from Stanford, Texas A&M, and UCLA at this point.

Love earned accolades at the recent Nike Elite 100 camp/event. 247’s Brian Snow highlighted him on consecutive days first as a best performer of the day and then as a top 10 performer in the 2021 class. Here’s what Snow said:

Love had a great spring with Houston Hoops in the Nike EYBL, and it is no surprise that he was tremendous again to get things going at Elite 100. Love showed good athleticism finishing in the lane, and then also knocked in threes. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he is physical and knows how to finish, along with giving good effort on the defensive end.

Love had a great spring with Houston Hoops in the Nike EYBL, and it is no surprise that he was tremendous again to get things going at Elite 100. Love showed good athleticism finishing in the lane, and then also knocked in threes. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he is physical and knows how to finish, along with giving good effort on the defensive end.

MaxPreps has stats for 52 games worth of stats for Love in two seasons at Steele High School. He’s averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 37% from long range. Considering that’s freshman/sophomore numbers, and he was up to 23/8/3 and 39% as a sophomore, that’s really great.

This two-plus minute clip of Love was posted in late March of this year.

Harrison Ingram

As you can see from Corey Evans’ tweet, yes, Harrison Ingram is a top 25 prospect in the Class of 2021. 247 Sports has him at #21 in the country right now in their Composite system, which is five-star prospect territory. Ingram is listed as a 6’7”, 200 pound small forward, and 247 has him as the #7 player at his position in the class. This means Marquette now has four offers out to the top 10 small forwards, as they’ve already made offers to Patrick Baldwin, Jonathan Kuminga, and Quincy Allen. Ingram is the #1 player in the state of Texas right now, three spots ahead of Langston Love.

247 lists just nine offers for Ingram so far, which seems like a small total given his current lofty ranking. Baylor, Kansas, and Texas Tech represent the Big 12 on the list, with Tennessee and Texas A&M also on board. I would imagine that list will get much more crowded by the time school starts in the fall and probably a lot more blue-blood-ish, too.

He attends St. Mark’s High School in Dallas, Texas, where his high school team went 29-5 last year. This article from 247 Sports’s Illinois site says that he averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists per game as a sophomore, but there’s not a link back to anything. I guess we’ll just have to trust it.

It looks like the best we can do for embeddable video is this 43 second clip from April.

Nnanna Njoku

Here’s the good news: Nnanna Njoku has a 247 Sports page that tells us that he’s a 6’10”, 245 pound center. He’s listed with a hometown of Hockessin in Delaware, which is where his high school, Sanford School, is located.

And that’s it. He doesn’t have a rating or a ranking from 247 Sports at this point, either in the Composite system or internally. What he does have is seven scholarship offers so far, including Providence and Wichita State.

MaxPreps lists Sanford with a record of 20-4 this past season and a 10-0 record in league play. Some of the games on the schedule have video links, so feel free to comb through them for Njoku highlights if you want. MaxPreps has 22 games worth of stats for Njoku, putting him at 10.6 points, and 6.1 rebounds per game. That’s some pretty solid work for a sophomore at his size, so we’ll see what his ceiling ends up being as he ages up into a leader and focal point of the team.

The only videos of him I can find are from two years ago, when he was listed at 6’9” and just finishing eighth grade. He appears to be hilariously unfair, and while he looks quite agile and athletic for the time, it’s not really a quality exploration of his abilities given the mismatches.

Caleb Furst

And the last shall be Furst, and the Furst shall be last.

Caleb Furst is a guy who got a phone call from the Marquette staff on the first day of being able to contact 2021 recruits a couple of weeks ago, and that’s materialized into a scholarship offer now. 247 Sports lists him as a 6’9”, 215 pound power forward, and rates him as a four-star prospect. Furst is currently ranked #34 in the country in his class, which is a two spot drop from earlier in June. He’s the #10 power forward, trailing behind Michael Foster, but coming in ahead of DaRon Holmes in terms of guys getting Marquette attention.

Furst is also the #2 player in the state of Indiana, and given the existence of Indiana, Purdue, and Butler, snagging him out of the state would be an impressive pull by Steve Wojciechowski. All three have already made him an offer, along with Ohio State and Louisville, and he’s been getting attention from Michigan State and Xavier, too.

He attends Blackhawk Christian School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his team went 28-2 last season. That got them to the IHSAA Class 1A title game, where they defeated Barr-Reeve by 17 points to win the championship. Furst finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. MaxPreps shows 24 games worth of stats for him, averaging 18.7 points, and 8.9 rebounds.

Here’s nearly four minutes of EYBL highlights of Furst. I presume it’s all spring EYBL stuff, as the video was put up by Inside The Hall on June 24th.