Analysis: Marquette receives commitment from ’12 C Aaron Durley

2012 power forward Aaron Durley tweeted tonight that he has committed to Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound forward from Houston, Tex. is Marquette’s fourth recruit from the class, joining wing Jamal Ferguson, combo guard T.J. Taylor and combo forward Steve Taylor.

Durley chose the Golden Eagles over South Florida, South Alabama and Tennessee-Chattanooga. A year ago, South Florida was also a finalist for power forward Davante Gardner.

Texas A&M, Kansas State and Arizona were beginning to show interest, as well.

With the commitment, the Golden Eagles are now at 13 scholarships for the 2012-2013 season. The three incoming freshman and sophomore T.J. Taylor will replace seniors Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder, Jake Thomas will return to walk-on status in 2012 and Marquette has an open scholarship it did not use with the 2011 recruiting class.

Tom Enlund spoke with Durley over the phone earlier tonight, so check out his story for background information and quotes from Durley.

Analysis: So another player from Texas, huh? Sounds good to me.

Assistant coach Aki Collins spoke with’s John Dodds at media day and said that the team was looking for another commitment before the November signing period but was also keeping its options open for a potential Spring signing.

Well, Durley piqued the coaching staff’s interest enough that he is now on board as the fourth and (probably) final recruit from the 2012 recruiting class. His addition gives Williams the recruiting class he says he attempts to put together each year: a point guard (T.J. Taylor), a center (Durley) and multiple switchables (Steve Taylor, Jamal Ferguson).

Durley’s commitment comes just over a month after 2012 power forward Zach Auguste, who Marquette had been pursuing, committed to Notre Dame.

One week after Auguste’s commitment, Durley made an official visit to Marquette on Sept. 30.

Aaron Durley gives Marquette its fourth recruit in the 2012 recruiting class. (Photo credit:

Marquette’s recent success with big men, specifically Chris Otule and Davante Gardner, surely weighed heavily in Durley’s decision, something he mentioned in his phone interview with Enlund.

The best part of Durley’s commitment is that he will not be expected to contribute right away, as Chris Otule will be a senior and Davante Gardner a junior. With those two in the fold in the front court, Durley may even be considered for a redshirt, although his huge frame suggests he doesn’t need much more time in the weight room. At the very least, Durley will have time to improve his game before being called upon to produce.

Here’s a scouting report from the TexasHoops website:

Aaron is a big, thick and wide bodied paint player who can set screens and takes up space with his imposing physical stature. He uses his body well in the paint, can seal the defense and call for the ball on the low block and is a nice finisher when he gets the ball in close. He can block out and rebound in his space, has strong hands and moves people on defense. His overall agility and touch will need to improve as he prepares for ball at the next level.

Durley should make his presence felt on defensively more than on the offensive end, but if you ask Chris Otule, that’s all Buzz Williams is looking for in his big men. Anything else is a bonus.

This seems to be another diamond in the rough find for Williams and the coaching staff. According to Enlund’s report, Durley missed all of last season with a torn Achilles’, an injury the forward says is now fully healed. The injury seemed to keep Durley off the radar of recruiting services, as he is rated a two-star, 82 overall recruit by ESPN and was not ranked by Rivals or Scout.Durley is more of an unknown than any other recruit from the 2012 class, but that seems to have become Williams’ favorite type of recruit. Buzz is doing his homework and keeping on tabs on players whose skill set he loves, and it seems as though he has found another one in Durley.Durley, along with the rest of Marquette’s recruiting class, will be eligible to sign their National Letters of Intent on Nov. 9, when the signing period officially begins. It ends Nov. 16.

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2 Comments on “Analysis: Marquette receives commitment from ’12 C Aaron Durley”

  1. Loren Farr (TulsaWarrior)
    October 27, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    Durley has an NBA body or close to it. Now the assignment for the Marquette coaching staff is helping him learn how to use it to the max. Going up against Otule and Gardner will help all three of them. Durley also has a former college coach as his high school coach and Texas recruit, 6-10 Cam Ridley to practice against daily on GW HS team. Those are two of the top big men in the state. Durley couldn’t have a better teaching environment to develop.

    Add to that a kid who has a strong and emotionally healthy family situation and the intangibles go off the charts. He’s already seen a lot of the world having lived as a child in Alaska and Saudi Arabia. Durley also has had the media spotlight shown on him with his appearance in the Little League World Series.


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