It seems like there’s always something going on in the recruiting world, and that came true again on Tuesday night. Not long before The Basketball Tournament title game tipped off, Class of 2020 top 200 prospect Chibuzo Agbo announced that Marquette men’s basketball was in his top five teams. Joining the Golden Eagles in the list was Arizona, Texas Tech, San Diego State, and USC.
Marquette offered Agbo a scholarship back in late June, so it’s pretty impressive that the Golden Eagles have gotten into the thick of things with relative quickness. Of course, all we’re looking at here is the scholarship offer forward. There’s no way to tell for certain exactly how long the relationship between Agbo and whatever assistant (given the west coast connection, I’m guessing Stan Johnson) has been primarily recruiting him has been going. Of course, Texas Tech and USC got their offers in at around the same time as Marquette, so perhaps a part of this is just Agbo getting tired of the process and electing to cut things down to the biggest schools that offered him. Just look at the fact that Arizona just offered Agbo in mid-July for evidence of that.
As of right now, Agbo is ranked #189 in the country by the 247 Sports Composite system. That’s exactly where he was ranked when Marquette made their offer to him, but again, that was only six weeks ago. He’s been ranked in the Composite system one way or another since March 2018, wobbling between #118 as a high point (back in February 2019) and #202 (in September 2018) as as a low point. Go ahead and take that to mean whatever you want, but it’s possible that his rising and falling has more to do with outside forces, as 247’s internal system has him at #132 in the country. It’s also worth noting that 247 Sports says he’s a 6’6”, 215 pound small forward, but Agbo’s own tweet announcing his list says that he’s 6’8”.
It’s hard to say for certain how long it will be before we know when Agbo will make a decision, but what we do know is that he’s already in the process of taking official visits. In fact, he’s expected to be taking an official to Texas Tech as you’re reading this on Wednesday. We’ll see how deep he gets into the visit process before making a decision.
Agbo is a Class of 2020 prospect and that is shaping up to be a very important recruiting class for Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski. As things stand right now, it seems that the Golden Eagles will be looking to fill five scholarship spots for the fall of 2020 on top of Justin Lewis who is already committed to play in Milwaukee. That’s a combination of having four seniors for 2019-20 as well as the departure of Joey Hauser and the medical disqualification of Ike Eke. It is what it is, and hopefully the staff can figure out how to assemble a class that will pay dividends for the program long term.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.