Complete 2014 Marquette recruiting update

Buzz Williams is already deep into Marquette's 2014 recruiting class.

Buzz Williams is already deep into Marquette’s 2014 recruiting class.

*Note* Updated on Feb. 14*

Not too much of an introduction here, but as it stands Marquette should have three open scholarships for the 2014 class, when Vander Blue, Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson are set to graduate.

Analysis below comes from minutes of YouTube videos and scouting reports, so take it all with a grain of salt. Listed schools are unofficial, but Marquette is actively pursuing each player below.

There are more names, but these are the ones to know:

– Paul White (6-foot-8 small forward, Whitney Young H.S., Ill.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 58; Rivals: 4-star, No. 55; Scout: 4-star, No. 29

Listed schools: Arizona, DePaul, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Marquette, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin

Analysis: Linked with Marquette for quite some time // point-forward is an outstanding ball handler for his size, can dribble into the lane and finish at the basket // work-in-progress from the outside, but he’s one of the go-to players on a Whitney Young team that could unseat Simeon as state champions this season // Isaac Chew’s addition to the staff makes this pairing even more relevant // White mentioned Marquette, Arizona and Florida as teams after him hardest

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– Ahmed Hill (6-foot-4 shooting guard, Aquinas H.S., Ga.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 25; Rivals: 4-star, No. 25; Scout: 4-star, No. 26

Listed schools: Alabama, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Marquette, South Carolina, VCU

Analysis: Marquette recently offered // shooting guard who runs the floor well and has an improved outside shot, something he worked on during the offseason // Serious schools on him, will have his choice to stay home or make a splash with a blueblood program // Marquette’s involvement combined with a potential need at the two-guard has them in play for the top-30 guard

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– Roger Moute a Bidias (6-foot-7 small forward, Notre Dame Prep, Mass.)
ESPN: Not ranked; Rivals: Not ranked; Scout: Not ranked

Listed schools: Iona, Marquette, Tulsa

Analysis: Milwaukee Bucks’ Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was expected to help in the recruitment of Joel Embiid — who committed to Kansas — but that same connection could be a factor in his younger brother Roger’s decision // only been playing college basketball for three years // offensive game needs work, but the athleticism and bloodlines are there // monster on the boards, calling rebounding “a natural feel” // not close to making a decision, but is certainly one to keep an eye on as his recruitment picks up // likely to reclassify to 2014

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– L.J. Peak (6-foot-5 wing, Whitney Young H.S., Ill.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 34; Rivals: 4-star, No. 64; Scout: 4-star, No. 47

Listed schools: Connecticut, Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Marquette, Ohio State,  Purdue, Marquette

Analysis: Transferred from a school in South Carolina to Chicago and has helped Whitney Young to an excellent start // scoring ability and tough defense make him a great prospect // excellent in transition, and while he lists Ohio State, Purdue and Florida State as the most heavily involved, Marquette is in on the recruitment, which is a ways off from being decided

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– Jared Terrell (6-foot-4 shooting guard, Brewster Academy, N.H.)
ESPN: 4-star, Not ranked; Rivals: 4-star, No. 28; Scout: 4-star, No. 58

Listed schools: Boston College, Cincinnati, Clemson, Connecticut, DePaul, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Marquette, Penn State, Miami, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU, St. John’s, Temple, Virginia Tech

Analysis: Terrell jumps out as a Dion Waiters clone in his highlight videos // strong combo guard working to improve his jump shot, Terrell has the makings of a high-major player with plenty of upside // Maryland, Temple and Connecticut seem to be the leaders, based on reports, // said to be looking for a school where coaches have solid relationships with their players and the team plays tough defense….a lot like Marquette

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– Goodluck Okonoboh (6-foot-9 center, Wilbraham and Monson Academy)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 20; Rivals: 4-star, No. 71; Scout: 4-star, No. 37

Listed schools: Connecticut, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Marquette, Minnesota, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA

Analysis: The spotlight is now on Okonoboh, who played last season with current Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel // recently reclassified to the 2014 class, and picked up an offer from Marquette last Friday // shot-blocker is a work in progress offensively but is an athletic post presence // high-major talent

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– Kevon Looney (6-foot-8 small forward, Hamilton H.S., Wis.)
ESPN: 5-star, No. 7; Rivals: 5-star, No. 7; Scout: 5-star, No. 7

Listed schools: Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin

Analysis: Highest-ranked Wisconsin recruit in recent memory // Looney appears on the surface to have his sights set on a top-tiered school // won’t start looking seriously at schools until the spring, so every school is on the table // has taken an unofficial to Marquette, and the recent successes of pulling in-state recruits Duane Wilson, Deonte Burton and even Jameel McKay will help // Looney speaks highly of the top schools on his list // location will not be a factor

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– Sean O’Mara (6-foot-9 center, Benet Academy, Ill.)
ESPN: 3-star, not ranked; Rivals: 3-star, No. 108; Scout: 3-star, not ranked

Listed schools: Ball State, Boston College, Eastern Michigan, Loyola, Illinois, UIC, Iowa State, LaSalle, Marquette, St. Louis, Virginia, Wake Forest, Xavier

Analysis: Mid-major talent with high-major upside // Marquette and Illinois, the top two teams on his list, seem to be keeping tabs on him without committing too much // back-to-the-basket center with solid offensive post moves // athleticism is a question // most recently visited Iowa State and was impressed

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– Malek Harris (6-foot-7 forward, Carl Sandburg H.S., Ill.)
ESPN: 3-star, not ranked; Rivals: 3-star, No. 118; Scout: 3-star, not ranked

Listed schools: DePaul, Iowa, Miami, Miami (OH), Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Marquette, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Purdue

Analysis: A solid rebounder who excels on the defensive end // Harris is solid finishing around the rim but admits he can work on his outside game and explosiveness around the basket // says he is doing jump training to work on this // recently received interest from Wisconsin, but has three offers (Miami OH, DePaul, Iowa) // a definite switchable

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– D’Angelo Allen (6-foot-7 forward, Kimball H.S., Texas)
ESPN: 4-star, not ranked; Rivals: 4-star, No. 76; Scout: 3-star, not ranked

Listed schools: Arkansas, Auburn, Georgetown, Marquette, Oklahoma, Oregon, Providence, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Analysis: Has grown over the past year and is listed anywhere from 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8 // Defensive game has improved, and has strong athleticism to hit the glass hard // still adding strength to his body but can guard multiple positions // Texas background should help Buzz Williams recruit the switchable

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– Chris Sandifer (6-foot-4 shooting guard, Junipero Serra H.S., Calif.)
ESPN: 4-star, not ranked; Rivals: 4-star, No. 77; Scout: 3-star, No. 90

Listed schools: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Marquette, UCLA, Utah

Analysis: Sandifer is looking to make a decision after this summer’s AAU season // four of six schools on the California native are on the West Coast // the lefty has a stellar outside jumper and great handles in transition // Mentioned Colorado as the leader // is looking for an up-tempo pace and a coach that lets him “play through his mistakes”

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– Tory Miller (6-foot-8 center,  New Hampton School, Mo.)
ESPN: 2-star, not ranked; Rivals: 3-star, not ranked Scout: 3-star, not ranked

Listed schools: Arkansas, Marquette, Minnesota, Nebraska, Providence, TCU

Analysis: Well-built center strong around the rim // teammates with five-star wing Noah Vonleh, who is Indiana-bound // recently reclassified to the 2014 class // per Scout.com, is active on the glass and excels shooting right hooks // a pure back-to-the-basket center with plenty of upside // working through an ACL injury he suffered as a freshman // has solid hands and feet // Davante clone

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– Devin Mitchell (6-foot-3 point guard, Collins Hill H.S., Ga.)
ESPN: Not ranked; Rivals: 3-star, not ranked; Scout: Not ranked

Listed schools: Alabama, Cincinnati, Charleston, Georgia, Georgia State, Marquette, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, UAB

Analysis: Mitchell is a combo guard who seems more of an outside jump-shooter and pull-up shooter than a distributor // Dribble seems high but he is able to get to the basket // excellent scorer in half-court and has quick release // UAB the leader, and is looking for coach to turn a combo guard into a point guard // will make decision before senior year and sign in the early period

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4 Comments on “Complete 2014 Marquette recruiting update”

  1. Dan
    January 23, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Thank you for the analysis, great stuff!

  2. January 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I appreciate your total analysis on all the players.continue to update any info on 2014 players. we probaly need 3 big men in the next 2 years that it would be nice to get diamond stonr and mike heidt in 2015 there is also allenson who have offered.

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