Well, the ever turning wheels of college basketball recruiting turned again on Monday, as news came out that Marquette offered a scholarship to Class of 2020 forward Myles Stute.
According to 247 Sports, Stute is a 6’5”, 200 pound small forward. He hails from Washington, D.C., where he attends Gonzaga College High School. Stute is rated as a three-star prospect by the 247 Composite system, which ranks him #226 in the country. That makes him the #37 small forward in the country and the #5 prospect in the District.
We should probably talk about that “#37 small forward” part more than anything else, or at least before anything else. By my count, there are 12 small forwards in the Class of 2020 that have already picked up offers from Marquette. Yes, that includes Jalen Johnson who already committed to Duke, and Jabri Abdul-Rahim who recently committed to Virginia as well as Chibuzo Agbo, who just snagged a Marquette offer in June. The point here is that is an awful lot of dudes to be getting offers, particularly when there’s an awful lot of dudes who have already passed on Marquette.
Remember, Wojciechowski picked up that two year contract extension ostensibly to give him a pat on the back from the athletic department when it comes to recruiting. His extension sets him up as gainfully employed through the end of the four year careers for the Class of 2020. While I’m not particularly worried about Marquette’s lack of commits for 2020 right now — history indicates that Marquette under Wojciechowski won’t start gathering commitments until September or so — I think we can wonder about what the hell is going on with this small forward recruiting that has led to nothing so far and apparently has no sense of stopping any time soon.
Stute’s Gonzaga team went 28-9 last season, and while that doesn’t particularly sound very impressive, they were better than it indicates. MaxPreps says that Gonzaga was the #78 high school team in the country, and that’s pretty good. This article on Stute says that he averaged nine points, six rebounds, and two assists for Gonzaga in 2018-19. That might not sound like all that much, but remember that he’s 247’s third best prospect in his own class on his own high school team.
Marquette will have four scholarships coming open for the Class of 2020. There’s also a scholarship that’s currently sitting open that the Golden Eagles will have available to use in one way or another. That could result in MU having as many as five freshmen for the fall of 2020. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, I suppose.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.