Well, it’s been three days since we last heard about any new names in terms of Marquette men’s basketball reaching out to potential inbound transfers. I was leaving this article started but not really written at all in case we picked up a few new names, and that did not happen. Let’s knock this one out, shall we?
Michigan transfer David DeJulius has heard from Rhode Island, Maryland, Marquette, Missouri and Cincinnati, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 7, 2020
Expect no shortage of suitors. Averaged seven points during his sophomore season.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello actually has the first tweet in terms of timeline, but I went with the Jake Weingarten tweet because he has Rhode Island on the list in addition to Maryland, Missouri, and Cincinnati. More information = better.
DeJulius was listed as a 6’0”, 190 pound guard on the Michigan roster this past season. On a Wolverines team that started out the year 10-3 before finishing 19-12 and 10-10 in the Big Ten in Juwan Howard’s first season in charge, DeJulius made 31 appearances and averaged 20.9 minutes per game. He contributed 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game on average, which is pretty solid for a backup guard. That was a big jump up from his freshman year in 2018-19, where he appeared in 25 games but only played more than 7 minutes on one occasion.
The biggest thing that stands out on his KenPom.com page is his turnover rate, and that’s a good thing. He finished the year with the 73rd lowest turnover rate in the country, and a steady ballhandler is definitely something that Marquette could use when DeJulius would become eligible in 2021-22. The top 125 prospect in the Class of 2018 also had a pretty solid way around the court in terms of foul frequency, and a 36% long range shooting percentage is pretty good. 27.9% in Big Ten play is not good, but with just over two attempts per game, DeJulius wasn’t being asked to carry the load in terms of shots, either.
There is a hidden bonus to adding DeJulius to the roster. He attended the same high school as current Golden Eagle Greg Elliott, although DeJulius was a year behind Elliott at East English Village HS. If DeJulius were to end up at Marquette, he would still end up a year of eligibility behind Elliott, as his redshirt transfer year would make him a redshirt junior at the same time that Elliott would be a redshirt senior. Still, a natural camaraderie on the team is never a bad thing.
Let’s turn our attention to the potential names that we’ve seen connected to Marquette in the past. We’ve got two big things to keep an eye on.
- Wichita State transfer Jamarius Burton appears to be close to making a decision according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. He’s choosing from a final four of Texas Tech, Xavier, Seton Hall, and Marquette. Quite obviously, as Marquette fans, we would like to see him end up at either MU or Texas Tech.
- Bowling Green transfer Justin Turner appears to be on the verge of a decision as well, possibly as soon as Monday according to Jordan Strack of WTOL/CBS 11 in Toledo. Turnver is deciding between Marquette, Iowa State, Missouri, and a return to the Falcons for his final year of eligibility.
Here’s the scholarship chart as it stands at the moment.
Marquette has at least two scholarships available for this coming fall, with the status of the scholarship given to former walk-on Tommy Gardiner up in the air for now. It seems reasonable to think that news of contact with potential transfers has slowed for the Golden Eagles at the moment because they’re waiting on news from Burton or Turner before proceeding any further. Bringing in one or the other or even both changes the perspectives of what Marquette needs for 2020-21 or 2021-22, depending on who they end up with on the roster. DeJulius would be a redshirt junior in 2021-22, and with Elliott, Symir Torrence, and Dexter Akanno as the only projected guards on the roster, DeJulius would be a welcome addition.