It’s another day in the recruiting mines for Marquette men’s basketball head coach Steve Wojciechowski, as there’s always something to be done. A phone call, a text, an email, video to watch, always something on the list for the day. With the speed that MU has been moving at lately, we’ve got two new scholarship offers to discuss. Let’s dive in, shall we?
247 Sports lists Longino as a 6’3”, 170 pound shooting guard in the Class of 2021. His hometown is listed as Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, but that’s where his high school, Germantown Academy, is located. Fort Washington could very generously be referred to as the Philadelphia suburbs, so I think it’s safe to call Longino a Philly area kid.
He’s currently ranked #61 in the country for the Class of 2021 by the 247 Sports Composite system. His rankings have been all over the place since his debut at #47 in November 2018. Longino dipped as low as #110 in June 2019, but he’s been somewhere in the 60s since September 2019. He’s the #12 shooting guard in the class, falling behind fellow Marquette offeree Trevor Keels and coming in one spot ahead of recent MU offeree Jordan Hawkins. Longino is currently the #4 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania, coming in two spots behind Jalen Warley, a combo guard that took an official visit to Marquette in late February, who is currently ranked #27 in the country.
Longino has a pretty short list of recruiting interests so far, but most of them would qualify as local or local-ish offers for him: Villanova, La Salle, Penn State, Rutgers, and Temple are all on there. Rhode Island is as well, but hey, what’s a four hour drive between friends and recruits? The outlier is Florida, so Marquette is now in competition with the Gators for biggest travel distance for recruiting purposes.
Per MaxPreps, Germantown Academy wasn’t particularly good this past season, compiling a record of 13-11 overall. However, they did go 6-1 at home, so it seems that their 6-9 record in neutral site games was a problem for them. With that said, Longino averaged 22.8 points per game and has already tallied over 1,000 in his career. That seems pretty good.
The best I can do for you in terms of embedded video here is this 70 second clip from June 2018.
Longino does have a Hudl page that’s loaded up with clips, so check that out. It does say “boys varsity football” at the top, because Longino is also the starting quarterback for Germantown Academy. Don’t worry about that, though, as you can see very quickly that the top video is a basketball highlight, and they keep going from there.
Blessed and honored to receive an offer from Marquette University. Thank you to Coach Wojo, Coach Presutti and staff for the opportunity!! pic.twitter.com/QSanaLLCCF— Luke Goode (@luke_goode21) April 6, 2020
247 Sports lists Goode as a 6’5”, 175 pound shooting guard in the Class of 2021. He hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attends Homestead High School. For those of you who are more familiar with the local Milwaukee and suburban high schools, this may be slightly confusing, as there is a Homestead High School in Mequon. I double checked to make sure this one is actually in Fort Wayne, so we’re all on the same page here.
Goode is currently ranked #99 in his class in the 247 Sports Composite system. He made his first appearance in the rankings at #77 last April. He slipped to #123 in late July, but rebounded as high as #88 as recently as February before being shifted to #99 in early March. Remember, this is the Composite rankings, so it’s not 247 making changes as there’s several rankings that go into the Composite. He’s listed as the #22 shooting guard 2021, which has him a ways back from Keels, Longino, and Hawkins. Goode is the #7 prospect in the state of Indiana, but with the commitments of Khristian Lander (Indiana), Caleb Furst (Purdue), and Treyton Thompson (Minnesota), Goode is the #4 uncommitted player in the state for 2021.
Marquette is already a little late to the party with a scholarship offer for Goode. According to 247 Sports, he has offers in hand from Butler, Louisville, Xavier, Maryland, Iowa, and Michigan State. Indiana and Purdue have shown interest, but with Lander and Furst on the board for them respectively, I presume that’s why they haven’t made an offer to Goode according to this display.
Homestead went 16-9 this past season, and maybe that doesn’t sound particularly great. However, Max Preps says that’s good enough to make them the #21 team in the entire state of Indiana, so that is pretty good. It looks like they reached the sectional championship game in the state’s Class 4A tournament, so that’s pretty good, too. According to Max Preps again, which shows 25 games played for Goode, he averaged 17.6 points per game for Homestead while leading the team by a wide margin in three-point attempts and knocking down 32% of them. He also contributed 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per outing.
Here’s a 7 minute highlight reel of Goode and Furst battling back in January 2019. Goode is #20 in white.
If you like a more isolated highlight reel, here’s two minutes of EYBL highlights for Goode that was published last August.
Goode also has a Hudl page that’s loaded up with highlights if you’re so inclined. This is not to be confused with the Hudl page for his football highlights, as he’s also the starting quarterback for Homestead. [Insert long range bombs joke here.]
Onwards as always to the scholarship chart......
Both of these young men are Class of 2021 prospects. At the moment, the guard situation on the Marquette roster for 2021-22 is Greg Elliott as a redshirt senior, Symir Torrence as a junior, and Dexter Akanno as a redshirt sophomore. Koby McEwen will be a senior in 2020-21, so his eligibility will be finished at that point. If you wanted to, you could consider Brendan Bailey as a guard/wing player, as the arrival of MU’s 2020 recruiting class may push him out away from the #4 spot on the floor.
Obviously, there’s not much there in proven quantities, so talented guards would be more than welcome. Heck, even if there was proven quantities on the roster, adding freshman guards is a good plan when you have at least one, maybe two senior guards on the roster depending on how you feel about Bailey.
Marquette projects to have three scholarships open for the fall of 2021 with the departures of Jamal Cain, Theo John, and Koby McEwen. There’s also the three spots that are open for the fall of 2020. We don’t know if/how those spots will get filled, so it’s possible that Wojciechowski will have more than three spots to work with in 2021.