While Marquette men’s basketball had an official visit cancelled recently with Gabe Madsen’s commitment to Cincinnati, that’s not going to slow down the recruiting news. Earlier this week, Adam Zagoria got a chance to talk with Class of 2020 prospect Coleman Hawkins, and thus now we know that Hawkins will take an official visit to Marquette starting on September 20th.
Hawkins is listed as a 6’8”, 195 pound power forward on his 247 Sports page. For what it’s worth, Zagoria says that he’s 6’10” and 190 pounds in the article linked above, which is presumably as about up to date as we can get. 247’s Composite system marks Hawkins as a three-star prospect out of California, where he lists Antelope as his home town and where he attends Prolific Prep in the Napa Valley. He’s ranked #208 in the country right now, although 247’s internal system as him at #189.
Hawkins has already made official visits to Rutgers and San Diego State. He’ll also visit Illinois before coming to Milwaukee. As far as I know, Hawkins hasn’t released any kind of official cutdown recruiting list, but when you’re taking official visits, that’s narrowing things down pretty well. Zagoria says that Hawkins will not be visiting USC as originally planned, but that doesn’t necessarily eliminate the Trojans, either.
It’s been something of a whirlwind recruiting path for Marquette and Hawkins. The Golden Eagles only offered him a scholarship back in early May. He followed that up with an unofficial visit to Marquette in late June, which is always a good sign of high interest to make it from California to Wisconsin on your own dime that quickly.
“Their main message was to get stronger and put on some pounds and that player development is a huge thing,” Hawkins said. “They’re also together as a team.”
Marquette has two other 2020 recruits scheduled for the month of September. AJ Hoggard, the #69 player in the country, is set to come to town on September 17th. RJ Davis, the #55 player in the country, will follow behind Hawkins starting on September 27th.
In addition to Hoggard and Davis, Marquette is waiting to hear about a decision from Myles Stute, Dudley Blackwell, and Osasere Ighodaro. Stute (#163) and Ighodaro (#72) both included the Golden Eagles in a trimmed down list in July, while Blackwell (#147) spent one of his five senior year official visits on MU in that same month. There is a little bit of a buzz in the atmosphere that an announcement could be coming from Ighodaro sooner rather than later, but that hasn’t turned into anything official as far as timing goes.
Marquette does have a few other irons in the 2020 fire, most notably Dawson Garcia and Jalen Suggs, but they haven’t trimmed their list officially or set any visits. Garcia, ranked #29 in the country by 247 Sports, recently said on Twitter that he was going to be cutting things down soon, but as of right now, there’s nothing official on that.
Marquette is kind of running out of time and prospects for the Class of 2020. If we presume that Tommy Gardiner is only on scholarship for the 2019-20 season, then even with Justin Lewis committed, MU still projects to have five open scholarship spots for the 2020-21 season. That is a lot of space, but we’re also starting to approach the time of year when head coach Steve Wojciechowski tends to start bringing in commitments. I guess we’ll see what the next two months hold in store.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.