Thanks to Twitter follower @sgriffin_87to98 for the idea to look into Marquette’s transfers during the Buzz Williams era. Williams hasn’t hit on each of his recruits — what college coach has? — and some have seen success at other schools, while others seem to have disappeared. Let’s jump right into it:
*The year in parentheses denotes the recruiting class each player was in at Marquette*
Jeronne Maymon (2009): After a nasty divorce between Maymon’s family and Marquette, the 6-foot-7 forward landed at Tennessee. After 1.5 successful seasons post-transfer — including a 12.7-point, 8.1-rebound junior season — a knee injury forced him to miss the entire 2012-13 season.
Now in his redshirt senior season, Maymon is still working back to full strength with the Volunteers. In eight games, he has averaged 10.0 points on 54 percent shooting and 7.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. Expect his minutes and production to increase as the 6-2 Volunteers contend for a top-three finish in the SEC.
Erik Williams (2009): Perhaps the most disappointing recruit of the Buzz Williams era, Williams is no longer on the roster at Sam Houston State, where he transferred after two unsuccessful seasons in Milwaukee. In fact, he played in just two games (42 minutes) for the Bearkats in his redshirt junior year. He updated his profile picture on Facebook a month ago — that’s about the only update there is. Moving on.
Brett Roseboro (2009): The biggest bust of the Williams/Aki Collins era, Roseboro has finally found a home in Maryland. After leaving Marquette before beginning his freshman season, the 6-foot-11 “beast” enrolled at St. Bonaventure, where he played just 8 minutes per game in 44 games during two seasons.
He transferred again after 2011 to Maryland-Baltimore County, where he has enjoyed some success. He battled foul trouble last season against Marquette, registering two points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. In 10 games with the Retrievers this year, Roseboro has averaged 6.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. He was taken out of the starting lineup after six games and has come off the bench in UMBC’s last four.
Reggie Smith (2010): The 6-foot high flyer has played for three collegiate teams in three seasons, transferring from Marquette to UNLV to Eastern Illinois. As the team’s starting point guard, Smith has averaged 13.1 points, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 27 minutes per game for the 3-6 Panthers. He has missed two games, but it appears the ultra-athletic guard has found a comfortable spot closer to home. Of all the players on this list, he’s the biggest “what if” had he stayed in Milwaukee.
Jamail Jones (2010): A Paint Touches all-time favorite, Jones spent his transfer season watching his Florida Gulf Coast team make it to the Elite Eight as a No. 15 seed. Now part of the Eagles’ rotation, the redshirt junior has averaged 9.4 points, 2.6 3-pointers (on 40 percent shooting) and 6.3 rebounds in 32.5 minutes. As the team’s starting forward, Jones is doing quite well, and no one is happier than this author.
DJ Newbill (2010): My goodness. After some pretty bad communication on both ends, Newbill and Marquette parted ways before the Strawberry Mansion high school guard (Best. School. Name. Ever.) transferred to Southern Mississippi. He then transferred to Penn State and has done incredibly well in one-plus seasons.
As a redshirt junior, Newbill has averaged 19.1 points on 50 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 35.6 minutes. The Nittany Lions are 8-3, and Newbill has scored at least 15 points in 10 of those games (he missed one game). It’s safe to say Williams knew what he saw in Newbill.
TJ Taylor (2012): After feeling homesick, Taylor left the Marquette program after just two weeks. He landed on his feet at North Texas under former Golden Eagles assistant Tony Benford, who earned the head coaching gig and was Taylor’s lead recruiter.
After sitting out a year, Taylor has come off the bench to average 8.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in seven games. The Mean Green are 5-4, and Taylor has games of 21 and 24 points in his redshirt sophomore season — he spent one year at Paris Junior College after originally committing to Oklahoma as a high-school senior.
Aaron Durley (2012): A perplexing senior season in which he registered more DNP’s than double-doubles meant Marquette looking elsewhere in the 2012 class. Durley landed at TCU, where he tore his ACL while sitting out his transfer season. Unfortunately, Durley again tore his ACL prior to this season and will miss his redshirt freshman season. It’s a bit ironic that the injury-plagued Durley went to the same high school as Chris Otule.
Jamal Ferguson (2012): Ferguson showed flashes of potential in his freshman season but decided to transfer to North Carolina Central last season. He’s currently sitting out per NCAA transfer rules. His athleticism, outside shooting and length make him an interesting player to track over the coming years.
Jameel McKay (2013): After not feeling comfortable in his role, McKay decided to leave the Marquette program. Weeks later, he committed to Fred Hoiberg and Iowa State. He’ll be on the court next season with two years of eligibility remaining.