We’re inching closer and closer to the fall signing period for the Class of 2021 prospects, but that’s not stopping the Marquette men’s basketball coaching staff from staying on top of new possibilities for that recruiting class. On Thursday evening, head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff made an official scholarship offer to Mustapha Amzil, a 6’10”, 215 pound forward playing his prep ball in Pennsylvania.
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The second to the last tweet there is the one that Amzil himself retweeted, but it’s the last one, the tweet from Jake Weingarten that I wanted to address first.
Officially here at Anonymous Eagle, we go by what the 247 Sports Composite says for player rankings. As such, we’re noting that Amzil is currently unranked and unrated in the Composite system. However, there’s a very good reason for that. Let’s turn to that recruitment update that Weingarten mentioned, as it has a Q&A with Amzil:
You just arrived in the United States, discuss your backstory, and how it’s been here so far!
Amzil: “I moved to the states from Finland one and a half weeks ago. My mom is Finnish and my father is Moroccan. I have three siblings and my older sister plays at Cisco College in Texas. My younger brother plays in Finland still and my little sister hasn’t picked up the ball yet.”
That article was published on October 14th, so Amzil only arrived stateside this month. Yeah, that’ll stop you from getting ranked and rated in a list of prospects that’s been assembled and adjusted and so forth for at least two years now.
If you’d like some further evidence that Amzil is a four-star prospect like Weingarten says he is, may I point you towards this article from 247’s Brian Snow?
Amzil has picked up a host of offers from schools such as Illinois, Dayton, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, NC State and many others.
At least according to how 247 Sports is logging those offers, they have mostly been flying in during the latter half of October. Odds are his recruitment is far from over, as there is discussion of North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Florida ringing the phone to find things out about Amzil.
“I can play multiple positions and score on all levels. I like to get my teammates involved and I think my court-vision is good and I have a high-IQ. Rebounding is also one of my strengths. I need to improve on staying solid on the defensive end so I’m able to guard all positions and I’m constantly improving. I also need to keep my shot consistent.”
“Mustapha is a 6-foot-9, he can fit in as a stretch four, he can shoot it and is tough. He has a nice feel for the game and doesn’t force anything. He is pretty athletic and is a good defender.”
We don’t have any stats to talk about since Amzil hasn’t played in any official high school games yet or even any grassroots league games. Wildly, I do have a highlight video for you. It’s over six minutes long and went up on YouTube back in March of this year.
And now, on to the scholarship chart!
At 6’10” and 215 pounds, I don’t think that Amzil fits into the same kind of mold as Theo John, and that’s Marquette’s biggest glaring roster flaw for the 2021-22 season as we look at it from October 2020. Maybe Justin Lewis or Dawson Garcia turn into a fantastic rim protector this coming season, but that’s far from a gimme. While having a talented tall guy in the recruiting class would be beneficial to balance out the two guards that are already committed, the Golden Eagles need an immediate impact defensive anchor with John’s eligibility expected to expire following the 2020-21 season. It’s not the worst thing in the world if they don’t get a guy like John, but that means someone that we’re not expecting will have to protect the paint without him around. Maybe that could be Amzil! Who can say at this point.