NEW GOLDEN EAGLE ALERT!
Marquette men’s basketball is on the board for the 2022 recruiting class. On Friday, Sean Jones, a guard from Ohio, announced that he will play for Shaka Smart and the Golden Eagles. He picked Marquette over Xavier and Pittsburgh in his final three.
Jones is listed as a 5’10”, 170 pound point guard by 247 Sports. He’s currently ranked #149 in the Class of 2022 by the 247 Sports Composite, which makes him the #20 point guard prospect in the class and the #3 prospect in the entire state of Ohio. 247’s internal rankings have him at #140 in the country, which makes him a three-star prospect just like the Composite does. Rivals lists him as a three-star prospect as well, but doesn’t give him a ranking. ESPN is much higher on Jones, as they currently have him at #91 in the country and thus a four-star prospect.
Marquette offered a scholarship to Jones in late May of this year, about two months after Shaka Smart took over as head coach of the Golden Eagles. FUN FACT: Jones was “only” #178 in the 247 Composite at the time. That was followed up by an official visit to Milwaukee in late June and then Jones including MU in his top three just two weeks ago.
Jones averaged 18.2 points per game as a sophomore at Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. Pretty quality stuff, particularly since his team went 24-2. I was able to track down data for mid-February of his junior year, where he was averaging 15.5 per game and they reached the Division 1 quarterfinals in the Ohio state tournament where Lincoln lost on a buzzer beater right after Jones had given them the lead in the closing seconds.
Our friends over at Cardiac Hill tracked down some Peach Jam stats for Jones from this summer to go along with their article on the Panthers being in the top three:
More recently, Jones took the court for All Ohio Red at Peach Jam, and although his team went 2-5, Jones performed well individually. Taking part in five of the team’s seven games, he averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. His best showing was a 19-point, seven-assist performance in a 64-62 win over Bates Fundamentals in which he went 8-for-17 from the field.
Scholarship chart time, and it’s our first update to the chart since Darryl Morsell committed to the Golden Eagles.
I’ve heard it said before that if you can, you should recruit a point guard in every class. To put it another way, you can’t have enough talented ballhandlers on your roster. Marquette will definitely be losing Darryl Morsell after this coming season and Greg Elliott might be done at Marquette even though he has a bonus season of eligibility available if he wants it. Those two facts right there are enough to make you think that Jones has a spot to fill on the 2022-23 roster.
If Shaka Smart thinks he fits in, then I have to agree with him because that’s a guy who knows way more about what he wants on his roster than I do. The only thing I’ll point out is that Jones is listed at 5’10”, which tends to be on the small side for basketball. I can’t help but notice that Smart has been trending towards talented athletes with plenty of length to go around in the recruiting department.... and Jones doesn’t quite seem to fit into that mold. After all, Stevie Mitchell is the shortest guy on the 2021-22 MU roster at 6’2”, and Tyler Kolek is the shortest guy that Smart is 100% responsible for recruiting at 6’3”..... and Emarion Ellis and Darryl Morsell are next at 6’5”. If he can play, then he can play, and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. Just saying I noticed.