I thought it was going to be a while before we had a forthcoming college announcement for Marquette men’s basketball in the Class of 2020, but that’s not the case. On Monday, we found out that top 100 forward Justin Lewis will be letting the world know where he’ll attend college on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 11am Central time.
Marquette offered Lewis a scholarship back in June of 2018. He took an unofficial visit back in September, and shortly after MU head coach Steve Wojciechowski visited Lewis at home in April, he trimmed his recruiting list to 10 including the Golden Eagles. Lewis took an official visit to Marquette back in early June as well.
All of that is enough information to let us know that it’s worth watching for Lewis’ announcement on Wednesday.
There’s also... well. I don’t want to actually talk about it, but since Lewis told Evan Daniels about his announcement, that’s our way into this.
Daniels, the 247 Sports Director of Basketball Recruiting, made his 247 Sports Crystal Ball pick for Marquette back on July 18th, just last week. Two more people made their Crystal Ball pick following Daniels, continuing with the MU trend. All told, there are eight picks for Lewis, and all eight, including Brian Snow, 247’s National Basketball Analyst, and Jerry Meyer, 247’s Director of Basketball Scouting, have Lewis going with Marquette.
I’m not saying you should put any faith into this in the slightest — see also: Williamson, Zion — but it’s at least another log on the “hey, pay attention to this” fire.
It’s worth noting that no one has made a pick since the news came out that Lewis is going to make his announcement. Then again, 247’s biggest names have already made their picks, so maybe that’s neither here nor there.
Lewis is listed by 247 as a 6’7”, 225 pound power forward. He is a four-star prospect hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, where he attends Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He is currently ranked #74 in the country, up more than 50 spots since he went on his official visit to Marquette about seven weeks ago. Lewis had just slipped into the 130s when Marquette offered him a scholarship last year, but he was a top 60 prospect when 247 Sports first put him on their rankings.
If he were to choose the Golden Eagles, Lewis would be Marquette’s first Class of 2020 prospect to commit. Well, first as long as you don’t count Symir Torrence since he ended up reclassifying and is currently on campus preparing for the European trip. He would also instantly give Marquette the #20 ranked recruiting class in the country. It’s also very very early in the process. The Golden Eagles are projected to have four open scholarships for fall of 2020, and it could be five depending on what happens with the spot that’s currently sitting open.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.