Sometimes things come together quickly, I guess. On Tuesday, the big hubbub in Marquette basketball news was the announcement that Class of 2021 guard Jalen Warley would be making an official visit to Milwaukee this coming weekend. The date is officially listed as February 28 on this tweet from the always informative and helpful Andrew Slater, but let’s be honest: Warley is coming to town to see Marquette host Seton Hall on the 29th.
2021 4⭐️ PG Jalen Warley @jjwarley of @teamdurantaau & @WTbbasketball— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) February 25, 2020
updated officials: #Marquette 2/28#Creighton 3/6 pic.twitter.com/RPSFvx3Gha
Weirdly, Warley is going to get two up close looks at Seton Hall. As you can see from Slater’s tweet, Warley will be going on an official visit to Creighton next weekend, and the Bluejays will be wrapping up their regular season by hosting those same Pirates. That’s whacky.
We have to play the “pump the brakes” game on Warley’s designation as a four-star prospect. For the moment, he is not listed in 247 Sports’ Composite rankings at all for the Class of 2021, and those go all the way out to #261. HOWEVER, Warley is currently ranked #28 in the country by Rivals. He’s listed as a point guard over there, and thus the Pennsylvania native is marked as the 6th best player at his position by Rivals as well.
Marquette offered the 6’4”, 175 pound Warley a scholarship back in December. Honestly, the fact that he has a 247 Sports page and a Rivals page is an improvement since then.
You can move Warley to the front of the line of prospects to essentially replace Koby McEwen on the Marquette roster. Taking a junior year official visit isn’t any kind of a guarantee of anything, but it’s clear that Warley is serious about Marquette if he’s using one of his five spots on the Golden Eagles. McEwen will finish up his collegiate career in 2020-21, and thus Warley would fit right into his spot on the roster. Of course, he’s not the only guy that Marquette is working on at that position, which includes the recently offered Hunter Sallis. MU is looking at having at least three scholarships to fill in the Class of 2021. However, there are still three spots for 2020 sitting open, and how head coach Steve Wojciechowski addresses those vacancies may affect how 2021 gets covered down the road.
Here’s what Marquette’s scholarship situation looks like right now.