Marquette men’s basketball is starting to run out of free time in September to host recruits on official visits.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook’s Mark Miller reported that Class of 2020 prospect Gabe Madsen has scheduled an official visit to Marquette starting on September 6th, 2019.
2020 WG Gabe Madsen (6-6) of Rochester, Minn., Mayo will take an official visit to Marquette Sept. 6-8. Madsen played as a freshman at Bloomer High School.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) August 21, 2019
Madsen is the third Class of 2020 prospect to set official visits to Marquette this week, or at least let it be known this week that they’ll be getting a paid trip to Milwaukee. AJ Hoggard and RJ Davis announced their official visit schedule earlier in the week.
The Golden Eagles have had Madsen on the radar since long before 2017, as he picked up a scholarship offer in August and he was on the attendee list for Marquette Madness that October. While he may have been a high priority recruit for Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski since he offered a scholarship before Madsen’s sophomore year of high school, the enthusiasm hasn’t been matched by the recruiting rankings. As of right now, Madsen is ranked #168 in the country by the 247 Sports Composite system, and he’s only been ranked at all since the middle of June 2019. 247’s internal system is a bit more uplifting, as they recently bumped him up to #131.
Listed as a 6’6”, 180 pound small forward, Madsen ranks #35 in the country at his position and #6 in the state of Minnesota, where he attends Mayo Senior High School in Rochester. That’s about an hour west of La Crosse, for you geography wonks out there. At #6 in the state according to 247 Sports, Madsen is the third best Marquette prospect in Minnesota behind Jalen Suggs (#1) and Dawson Garcia (#2). Both of those guys are top 40 prospects in the class.
Here’s a two minute clip of Madsen from this past January.
As things stand right now, it looks like Marquette will be looking to fill five open scholarship spots in the fall of 2020. Yes, that’s five more open spots, even after top 80 prospect Justin Lewis committed to the Golden Eagles. That’s the kind of thing that happens when you have four seniors on the 2019-20 roster and you lose two players in the offseason, one to transfer and another to medical ineligibility. 2020 was always going to be an important recruiting class for Wojciechowski given that he was going to be replacing Markus Howard amongst others. Unfortunately, it has become even more important over the last few months, especially for a head coach that has yet to win an NCAA tournament game.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.