Fresh off of his recruiting success with Class of 2021 guard Stevie Mitchell, it seems that Marquette men’s basketball associate head coach Dwayne Killings is staying hard at work on the future of the Golden Eagles’ roster. On Friday afternoon, we learned about a new scholarship offer from the east side of the McGuire Center as Class of 2022 prospect TJ Power tweeted that Killings had extended a scholarship offer to the young man.
According to his 247 Sports page, Power is a 6’8”, 190 pound power forward out of Massachusetts. That’s all we can say so far, as he doesn’t have a rating or a ranking in 247’s Composite or internal systems at this point. For clarity’s sake, the Composite is currently ranking guys out to #208, while the internal is at #150 in the Class of 2022. None of this is intended to be a slight on Power, of course, as scouting has assuredly been weird this summer and that has to have had an impact on the possible upside of Power’s trajectory in the rankings.
ANYWAY, 247 Sports lists just two offers so far for Power: Bryant and Holy Cross. You will remember, of course, that Holy Cross is currently coached by former Marquette assistant Brett Nelson. A scroll through Power’s Twitter indicates that he also has an offer from Iona as well. All of these offers have come since June 1st. Marquette is obviously his only high major offers thus far, but I think we have to take something important from the fact that Nelson has offered him already as has new Iona head coach Rick Pitino. This could just be Killings getting in the door early on a prospect that has yet to explode on the national scene, and hey: That’s never a bad thing.
It doesn’t really provide much of a scouting report, but can I interest you in an article on St. John’s in Shrewsbury (aka Power’s high school) winning a divisional semifinal playoff game this past season by 13 after rallying from down 16 in the second half? The big key for them? Power scoring 23 points in the final eight minutes to finish with 39 in the game.
I don’t have any videos to embed here for you, but I can point you to his Hudl page which has a bunch of single game highlight videos and a four-plus minute sophomore season reel.
Let’s drop in the ol’ scholarship chart.
The closest thing we have to a known factor for recruiting in the Class of 2022 at this point is that Greg Elliott is projected to finish up his eligibility the year before. In theory, that gives Marquette just one open scholarship to fill for the following year. However, since we have no idea how head coach Steve Wojciechowski is going to fill the three spots that are currently projected as open for the 2021-22 school year, that affects how 2022-23 goes. Will one or two of those spots roll over, thus giving the Golden Eagles two or three open spots for the Class of 2022? Maybe!? Will we see Dawson Garcia be better than advertised and depart for a pro career early? Totally possible! Same goes for D.J. Carton! That doesn’t even get into the potential impact of [gestures broadly] in trying to figure out who will or will not still be around in the fall of 2022 in terms of available eligibility according to the NCAA.