Marquette 2015 recruiting update

Photo by Ryan Messier/Paint Touches

Photo by Ryan Messier/Paint Touches

We haven’t done any recruiting updates since Buzz Williams and the Marquette coaching staff left for Virginia Tech, in part because it was going to be a while until Steve Wojciechowski really hit the trail. He first needed to complete his coaching staff, which he has done the past month, adding Chris Carrawell, Brett Nelson and Mark Phelps as assistants and Justin Gainey as directer of basketball operations. And now that his staff is full, scholarship offers, interest and commitments have popped up across Twitter.

Wojciechowski still has two open spots left in the 2014 class, and it’s a safe assumption that he’ll add at least one more player, though we have no inside knowledge; it simply makes sense for Wojciechowski to add a 13th player, especially considering Luke Fischer won’t be eligible until Marquette’s second semester.

Recruits and transfers in the 2014 class won’t be as publicly discussed — much like Matt Carlino was — but in the past few weeks players in the 2015 class have been. The list below is in alphabetical order and consists of players Marquette and/or Wojciechowski has been connected to since his introductory press conference last month. As always, it’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s as good as we’ve got to this point. Feel free to add names (with links, if you can) in the comment section below.

Here we go:

Malik Beasley

(6-foot-3 shooting guard; St. Francis H.S., Ga.)
ESPN: N/A; Rivals: 3-star, No. 137; Scout: 3-star

Listed schools: Auburn, California, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, SMU, others include Cincinnati, Georgia, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech

Analysis: A report from Jamie Shaw on Friday says that Marquette is interested in the shooting guard, who has picked up plenty of interest this spring // long, athletic guard with solid outside shooting touch // HIGHLIGHTS

Haanif Cheatham

(6-foot-5 shooting guard; Pembroke Pines Charter, Fla.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 23 SG; Rivals: 4-star, No. 64; Scout: 3-star

Listed schools: Alabama, FIU, Georgia, Kansas State, Marquette, Miami (FL), Murray State, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Vanderbilt

Analysis: Lefty with an incredibly long frame with solid passing and handles, including a solid outside jumper // just 175 pounds and doesn’t have much of a post game despite his length // good basketball IQ // HIGHLIGHTS

Henry Ellenson

(6-foot-10 power forward; Rice Lake H.S., Wisc.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 47; Rivals: 4-star, No. 56; Scout: 4-star, No. 62

Listed schools: Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa State, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and others

Analysis: The quintessential stretch forward with phenomenal outside range, great pick-and-roll ability and good speed off the dribble // has played plenty on the perimeter but can improve inside // good rebounder with plenty of potential who can provide stellar results in the right offense // one of Marquette’s top priorities in the class // HIGHLIGHTS

Montaque Gill-Caesar

(6-foot-6 small forward; Huntington Prep, W Va.)
ESPN: 5-star, No. 18; Rivals: 4-star, No. 22; Scout: 4-star, No. 19

Listed schools: Alabama, Baylor, Illinois, Kansas, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia

Analysis: Former teammate of Andrew Wiggins // Canadian is incredibly athletic, has a solid jump shot and is big enough to work in the paint // a bit raw, but the best prospect on this list not named Diamond Stone // Marquette offered earlier in the week // HIGHLIGHTS

Matt Heldt

(6-foot-10 center, Neenah H.S., Wisc.)
ESPN: N/A; Rivals: N/A; Scout: 3-star

Listed schools: Green Bay, Marquette, Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Xavier

Analysis: Talented scorer around the basket and has range to the 3-point line // solid size and is a talented defender // Marquette offered earlier in the week // averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 rebounds and a junior // HIGHLIGHTS

Terance Mann

(6-foot-5 small forward; Tilton School, N.H.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 24 SG ; Rivals: 4-star, No. 92; Scout: 3-star, No. 21 SF

Listed schools: Arizona State, Boston College, Creighton, Florida State, Iowa State, Marquette, Maryland, VCU

Analysis: attacks the rim with both finesse and strength and has good explosion toward the basket // that’s the majority of his offense, as he’s still developing an outside game // playing well on the AAU scene this summer // HIGHLIGHTS

Nick Noskowiak

(6-foot-2 point guard; Sun Prairie H.S., Wisc.)
ESPN: 4-star, No. 60; Rivals: 4-star, No. 61; Scout: 4-star, No. 53

Analysis: After de-committing from Marquette after Buzz Williams’ departure, Noskowiak made the decision to re-commit to Steve Wojciechowski. He’ll arrive in Milwaukee and into a situation where current seniors Derrick Wilson and Matt Carlino will have graduated, so the potential for early playing time is available. // HIGHLIGHTS

Johnathan Nwankwo

(6-foot-9 center; Monsignor Scanlan H.S., N.Y.)
ESPN: 3-star, No. 29 center; Rivals: N/A; Scout: N/A

Listed schools: Boston College, Fordham, Mahhattan, Marquette, Minnesota, Monmouth, Niagra, Seton Hall

Analysis: Not all that much known, but is a developing big // in his highlights, great drop-step, albeit against small competition // Marquette expressed interest last week // HIGHLIGHTS (No. 32 in white) 

Matt Ryan

(6-foot-5 small forward; Iona Prep, N.Y.)
ESPN: 3-star, No. 35 SF; Rivals: 3-star, No. 115; Scout: 4-star, No. 19 SF

Listed schools: Arizona State, Boston College, Clemson, Creighton, Davidson, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence among others

Analysis: Beautiful stroke from the outside // good length // quick release // went through a growth spurt his sophomore season // Marquette offered last week // HIGHLIGHTS

Diamond Stone

(6-foot-10 center; Dominican H.S., Wisc.)
ESPN: 5-star, No. 5; Rivals: 5-star, No. 3; Scout: 5-star, No. 3

Listed schools: Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Marqutte, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Wisconsin among plenty others

Analysis: Marquette’s top priority in the class // great post moves and has range to 15 feet // good friend and former teammate of Marquette’s Duane Wilson // Marquette has been on him for a long time, and Wojciechowski is keeping that momentum going // just about every high-major school wants him // has worked on his conditioning, and it’s shown in his results // HIGHLIGHTS

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