Hey, who likes new recruiting news? Well, hopefully you do.
On Monday, we got notice of a new Class of 2021 scholarship offer from Marquette men’s basketball. In this case, it’s big man Jonas Aidoo getting the outreach from head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff.
Blessed to receive an offer from Marquette University!! pic.twitter.com/jeaZQrnamp— Jonas Aidoo (@J0nasAid00) August 3, 2020
Jonas Aidoo is listed as a 6’11”, 215 pound power forward by 247 Sports. Outside of the fact that he attends Liberty Heights Athletic Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, that’s all the important personal data that we’re getting from 247. Aidoo is not currently rated or ranked by 247 Sports in either their Composite system or their internal setup.
While Aidoo doesn’t have anything in terms of ratings or rankings, that hasn’t slowed down high major programs from throwing scholarship offers his way. I’m counting nine non-MU offers from Major Seven conferences on Aidoo’s list right now, and that list includes Big East rival Providence. One of his other offers is from Iona, and it’s important to remember that Rick Pitino is now the head coach in New Rochelle. The point of the story is that I think we can officially note Aidoo as “under the radar” as opposed to “potential project.” Five of his high major offers, including the one from Marquette, have come since July 31st, so the stream is probably not going to slow down any time soon.
It looks like Aidoo will be at Liberty Heights for the first time this fall. Max Preps has him at Voyager Academy in Durham, NC, last year. They show the team going 22-7 with a 14-2 record in conference play, but they only have six games worth of stats for Aidoo. That’s a bummer. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks in those games, so that’s pretty good. It’s also worth noting that Max Preps says that Aidoo was a senior at Voyager last school year, so this coming year at Liberty Heights is apparently a post-grad/college prep year for him. That probably helps explain why he isn’t rated or ranked in the Class of 2021 at this point, as there’s a certain amount of reclassification going on there. Of course, that raises a question of why Aidoo wasn’t being recruited as a 2020 prospect relative to his status as “under the radar” as opposed to “project.”
Here’s five minutes of highlights of Aidoo that just went up on July 20th. All I’m going to say about it is that there are multiple occurrences of Aidoo hitting outside shots. I think it’s safe to say that any team in the country could find a spot for a lanky 7-footer that can hit threes and move with fluidity.
Let’s go to the scholarship chart.
As you can see, Marquette is as of this moment, operating with the possibility of four more scholarship spots to fill for the fall of 2021. Part of that is the fact that MU is sitting on two open spots for the fall of 2020. Such is life. Kameron Jones is the only current commit for the Golden Eagles, and he’s a guard. Between that, Theo John heading out the door soon, and 2020-21 freshmen Dawson Garcia, Oso Ighodaro, and Justin Lewis still huge question marks, it’s obvious that Marquette could use another big on the roster for one of those open scholarship spots. Quite honestly, until Wojciechowski starts putting guys into those open spots, I think we can safely say that Marquette could add anyone to the roster for the fall of 2021 and it’s a good addition.