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Osasere Ighodaro Includes Marquette In His Final Four

That’s a bit of a whirlwind for the Golden Eagles, but it’s notable.

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If it’s not one thing in the world of college basketball recruiting, it’s another. On Tuesday, we found out that Osasere Ighodaro, a forward in the class of 2020, has included Marquette in his final four, along with Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Texas.

Ighodaro picked up an offer from Marquette in late June, so it’s interesting that Steve Wojciechowski and his staff have made such an impression on him in that little amount of time. It’s unclear as to how long they’ve been in contact with him, of course, so it’s possible that the relationship goes back months and months, too.

He’s listed as a 6’9”, 190 pound power forward by 247 Sports, and hails from Phoenix, Arizona. Ighodaro is currently ranked #100 in the country in the Class of 2020 by the 247 Sports Composite system, which makes him the #17 power forward and the #4 player in the state of Arizona. That’s right where he was ranked a couple of weeks ago when Marquette made the scholarship offer in the first place, but it’s also a slight bit of a drop down from when he was first ranked at #86 back in late April.

The thing I find most interesting about Ighodaro was a tweet that came along with his scholarship offer. It called him a 6’10” guard. Now, I have no idea if that’s even remotely close to true relative what he’ll play in college. If Ighodaro can display even guard-adjacent ballhandling skills at his size, he’ll be able to create all kinds of mismatches on the floor, and that’s a coach’s dream.

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.

Something called talked to Ighodaro about his final four, and he highlighted “the success of the basketball and the player development” as the thing that stood out most about Marquette. He has an official visit planned for Marquette in late July, as well as one in August to Texas. Ighodaro has already taken official visits to Vanderbilt and Stanford so it’s possible that a decision could be coming sooner rather than later.

Marquette is projected to have four scholarships coming open for the 2020-21 school year, with Markus Howard, Sacar Anim, Ed Morrow, and grad transfer Jayce Johnson wrapping up their eligibility. There is also a scholarship currently sitting open for the 2019-20 season, and odds are that spot will stay open for the following year.

Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.