Tuesday, August 29, 2006


August 29, 2006

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel offers up some Marquette News & Notes in yesterday's edition. The most noteworthy is the scheduled official visits on September 15th of Carlton Brown (another shooting guard?) and Jerai Grant. MU has one scholarship open and we fully expect it to be for a player in the frontcourt.

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Friday, August 18, 2006


August 17, 2006

Another team having some turnover on their staff has been Marquette. Earlier this offseason Jean Prioleau left for a similar job at Iowa St and Tom Crean hired Benny Seltzer to replace him. This week MU Loses and Hires an Assistant (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) as Dan Panaggio resigned and is expected to be named head coach of the the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Development League team. Replacing Panaggio will be former 10-year National Basketball Association veteran Jerry Sichting, a graduate of Purdue. Sichting averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 assists during his playing career and was a member of the 1985-'86 NBA champion Boston Celtics.

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August 18, 2006

Marquette misses on an in-state target Madison Prep Star Keaton Nankivil Stays Close to Home (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and chooses Wisconsin over Marquette. He was long expected to pull the trigger for Wisconsin, although Marquette stayed in the race to the end (with Boston College, too). The Golden Eagles will explore other avenues with their last remaining scholarship.

Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye updates some of the recruiting of a handful of players in the state in their Recruiting Blurbs. Among those updated are 6'5 Tim Flowers from Simeon High School in Chicago and 6'5 Matt Humphrey from Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. Flowers had a tremendous July and his recruiting has blown up. He now has the attention of Marquette, who has just one scholarship to give and are really hoping for a commit from 6'8 Keaton Nankivil from Memorial High School in Madison, WI. However, Flowers strong play in July warrants this attention. Humphrey has a scholarship offer from Notre Dame and is also attracting heavy interest from Illinois, DePaul, Iowa and Georgia among others, according to Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006


August 10, 2006

VERBAL COMMITMENT ALERT: Trevor Mbakwe (PF), Mendota Heights, MN

Article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Mbakwe's commitment: Forward from Minnesota Chooses Marquette.

Projected 2007-2008 Roster:

Seniors: Ousmane Barro (C), Dan Fitzgerald (F), Lawrence Blackledge (F)
Juniors: Wesley Matthews (WG), Dominic James (PG), Jerel McNeal (SG), Dwight Burke (BF)
Sophomores: David Cubillan (G), Lazar Hayward (G/F), Maurice Acker (PG)
Freshmen: Scott Christopherson (G), Trvor Mbakwe (PF)
2008 Early Commit: Nick Williams (SG)

With a talented stockpile of guards on the roster and only their only two scholarship seniors for the 2006-2007 season being big men (Jamil Lott and Mike Kinsella), the most pressing need for the Golden Eagles on the recruiting trail was for the frontcourt. Tom Crean and his excellent staff at Marquette took a major step forward in solidifying their frontcourt of the future with a verbal commitment from 6'8, 240 lb Trevor Mbakwe.

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Mbakwe also had serious interest in (and from) Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida and Georgetown, but it was Marquette's long standing relationship with him (he visited unofficially first as a sophomore) and their immediate need for big men that won him over. Mbakwe has also taken notice of Dwayne Wade, Steve Novak and Travis Diener reaching the NBA as a helpful factor in his decision.

Mbakwe should have a considerable impact early at Marquette as he is already a strong defensive player and rebounder with excellent athletic ability and strength. he definitely looks ready for the Big East and the Golden Eagles will give him every chance to play a lot early on. He has plenty of time to continue to improve his offensive skills, but he will have no problem giving Tom Crean's program a lift inside on both ends of the floor.

With Scott Christopherson and Mbakwe in the fold for 2007, and an early 2008 commitment from Alabama shooting guard Nick Williams, Marquette will continue to look for an additional big man with their last (currently) available scholarship. Keaton Nankivil of Madison Memorial in Wisconsin, Idris Hilliard from The Hun School in New Jersey, Nyal Koshwal of Boys to Men Academy in Chicago, DeJuan Blair of Schenley HS in Pittsburgh, George Good of Missouri and Jerai Grant of famed Dematha Catholic in Hyattsville, MD look to be the targets they are the heaviest on. Hilliard and Goode are more combo-forwards while Blair, Koshwal and Grant seem to be more of a PF, much like Mbakwe, so his commitment might soften some of the interest those players have in Marquette. Nankivil is also a 6'8, 245 lb PF, but his game could be more of a compliment to Mbakwe, but getting him over Wisconsin is a tall order (with Boston College making a push, too). They might also begin looking at more true centers in the class as well.

Although they look to be set on guards, they still have been spotted on occassion looking at players such as Jacob Pullen from Illinois over the summer. At this point, though, I expect Marquette to exhaust all avenues after big men first, before turning up the heat on any of the guard prospects in 2007.

As always, for more information on Marquette recruiting and their program, visit Cracked Sidewalks on the blogger network which is a blog dedicated to Marquette basketball.

We will also try and keep everyone up to date on Marquette's quest for a big man!

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