The recruiting wheels never stop turning in college basketball, and that holds true for Marquette men’s basketball. Recently, the Golden Eagles took advantage of an unofficial visit to offer a scholarship to Class of 2021 prospect Ryan Conway.
Blessed to receive an offer from Marquette University pic.twitter.com/75PtJlUTco— Ryan Conway (@ryanconway57) February 8, 2020
6'1 2021 scoring PG Ryan Conway of Dulaney HS (MD)/ Team Melo has been blowing up as of late. He picked up an offer from #MurrayState tonight, then also picked up offers from #Marquette and #Yale over last 2 days. First saw him below at @MSHTVOfficial Camp in Indy back in '15. pic.twitter.com/aFRXm1vuwW— Rodger Bohn (@rodgerbohn) February 11, 2020
Ryan Conway, Dulaney 2021, offered by Marquette University this afternoon while on visit. #dhshoops pic.twitter.com/qTj5DYezaI— Coach Matt Lochte (@CoachLochte) February 8, 2020
According to 247 Sports, Conway is a 6’1”, 160 pound point guard in the Class of 2021. He attends Dulaney High School which, if you squint a little bit, is in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. 247 currently has him as the #147 ranked prospect in the country for his class, but he’s a four-star prospect. He’s the #23 point guard in the class, which has him behind guys like Isael Silva, Carter Whitt, and Stevie Mitchell who already have offers from Marquette, as well as Wisconsin product Tyrese Hunter who does not have an offer yet. It looks like Marquette is the best offer that Conway has picked up so far, beating out Rutgers, Stanford, Yale, Murray State, Kansas State, and I guess we’ll include Seton Hall in that list, too.
About a week ago, The Baltimore Sun noted that Conway was averaging 26.4 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.2 steals this season for Dulaney, and they currently have a record of 14-4 overall on the year. That average includes a 55 point performance in mid-January where Conway shot 11-for-12 from behind the arc and added eight steals and four assists...... and only played 22 minutes. Again: He had 55 points in 22 minutes of action, and “only” 33 of it were on triples. That’s nuts.
I can’t find any YouTube compilations that are recent enough to be worth embedding here. However, Conway does have a Hudl page that’s up to date with recent highlight clips. That includes a two-plus minute highlight reel of his 55 point game against Hereford. Aside: It appears that Dulaney’s logo is “borrowed” from Maryland’s entire look, which makes me wonder why the Terps have not offered him yet, at least according to 247’s list. Oh well.
Right now, it looks like Marquette’s crop of guards in 2021 are shaping up to be redshirt senior Greg Elliott, junior Symir Torrence, and redshirt sophomore Dexter Akanno. That’s not a very deep crop of guys, so it seems likely that any freshmen coming in that year would have more than a fair shot to earn playing time right away. Of course, Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski still has three open scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to work with, and that could change the calculus a bit. Obviously, the obvious name that comes to mind is Karim Mane, but until he makes an announcement about college and does not enter the NBA Draft, everything there is up in the air. It also seems likely that Marquette will take on a transfer one way or another for 2020-21, and if it’s a sit out transfer, then they would become eligible at the same time as the 2021 freshmen would be coming in. As is always the case, there’s a lot of pieces still in motion, so who knows what things will really look like when November 2021 actually rolls around.
Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like right now.