As we inch closer and closer to the fall signing period when the Class of 2020 can first sign letters of intent, we’re going to see more and more top three/four/five/ten lists pop up for the soon to be high school seniors. We got another one that involves Marquette men’s basketball on Sunday, as forward Myles Stute included the Golden Eagles in his final seven teams. Marquette is joined by Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Clemson, Texas A&M , and Florida.
It’s kind of wild that Marquette is in Stute’s “final top 7 schools,” to use his phrasing. Steve Wojciechowski and his staff only offered Stute a scholarship less than a week earlier. Obviously the relationship between the two sides goes back much further than that... or at least that’s what you’d think would be the case for both sides to be at this point in the course of events.
According to 247 Sports, Stute is a 6’6”, 220 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 currently ranks him #224 in the country, up two spots from where he was when the scholarship offer was made. That makes him the #37 small forward in the country and the #5 prospect in the District.
I think it’s safe to say that Stute has a wide ranging set of evaluations to end up at #224 in the country there. 247 Sports’ internal system has him at #211, while ESPN doesn’t rank him at all, but they only go out to a top 100. He’s a three-star prospect for the World Wide Leader, and #4 in the “state,” which in this case means Washington, D.C. That has him roughly in the same spot as 247’s Composite system.
However, Rivals is different, ranking him at #137 in the country. This is important, because that top 150 ranking gives Corey Evans a reason to talk to Stute about his final seven. Here’s his exact words about Marquette:
“They’re a bona fide top Big East program. Coach Wojo (Steve) Wojciechowski lets his guys play within themselves and because of that, they look really good. I love Marquette.”
Before you get too excited about that final sentence, I would like to point out the following.
- Stute “would love” to be the final piece of Clemson’s puzzle
- Stute loves Florida’s coaching philosophy
- Stute loves what Jeff Capel has done at Pitt so far and “would love to be a part of it”
- Stute loves the atmosphere at Virginia Tech
So there’s that.
Stute told Rivals that he has an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt scheduled in early August and an official visit to Florida set for late September. He wants to set up an official visit to Virginia Tech in early September, but that’s still up in the air. Stute says he’s aiming to sign in November, so we’ll have to put in a pin in this discussion until October.
Marquette is looking to fill at least four scholarship spots in the fall of 2020, and that’s probably five with the scholarship that’s currently sitting open. The Class of 2020 is a very important one to both the future of the Golden Eagles as well as the future of Wojciechowski at Marquette. As things currently stand, Marquette has no commitments for the Class of 2020, but given this staff’s past timing history with locking down commitments, that’s not surprising.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.