"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Recruiting Update: Crean Pushes for Commits

OK, its the dog days of summer (and only 78 days until Midnight Madness!!!), and many Marquette fans are on pins and needles waiting for a few big name recruits to announce their college of choice.

MU secured its first pledge for the freshman class of 2007 last year, when talented combo guard Scott Christopherson from LaCrosse verbally committed to the Golden Eagles. Now, TC is turning his attention inside -- to a handful of post players in particular, including:

- Keaton Nankivil, a 6'9" power forward from Madison Memorial High school (and former teammate of current MU star Wesley Matthews), will decide soon between Marquette, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Boston College.

- Trevor Mbakwe, a 6'8" power forward from the Twin Cities (but he'll complete high school in Georgia beginning this fall), has been offered by Michigan, Wisconsin, Marquette, Miami and Illinois. Its unclear what Mbakwe's timeline is for making a decision.

- Idris Hilliard, a 6'8" forward from the Hun School in New Jersey, is having a strong summer and is being pursued by Marquette. Rutgers, Wake Forest and DePaul are also chasing Hilliard, who visited the Blue Demons' campus earlier this summer (as well as MU for the Elite Camp).

- Jerai Grant, a 6'7" power forward from perennial power DaMatha High School and son of former NBA star Harvey Grant, indicated that Marquette and Clemson lead for his services. Grant took an unofficial visit to MU earlier this summer. Here's a nice feature on Grant from i95ballerz.


Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for the great updates on the recruiting! Interesting news. Would be great if Marquette could land a couple big forwards like the ones listed. Keep it up!!

Anonymous said...

I'm just amazed at the level of recruiting that's going on. Talk about the house that Tom built. I wonder where we'd be recruiting if Dean were still coach.

Anonymous said...

"I'm just amazed at the level of recruiting that's going on. Talk about the house that Tom built. I wonder where we'd be recruiting if Dean were still coach."

One simple answer - Haggerty's

77ncaachamps said...

MarquetteHoops.com article title says that Nankivil's future coach was in the stands watching him.

Keaton has named three schools as the top 3: Wisconsin, Marquette, and surprisingly BC (which, according to their website, has not offered him a scholarship).

Now, I know that the title is teasing you because it could have been any (or all) of the three that were present.

That's where I need your help. I'M NOT A SUBSCRIBER!

What's the news?!? Please share!

Thank you in advance!

TB said...

77, thanks for your comment and readership......Please note that our blog has never (and will never) reveal premium content from other sites.

We believe that the content and perspectives we offer on the blog complements the information and points of view found on the MU communities at Rivals and Scout.

And we'll continue to honor premium content from those and other sites.


77ncaachamps said...

I understand. =(

I think - and I feel most agree with me on this issue - that those services really aren't worth it.

On the other hand, the true discourse that this free site provides is, IMHO, more valuable.

a.fish said...

77...you've been lead on :)

I didn't see that particular headline, and I'm not a premium member either, but it's just a tease. All three coaches were there to see Nankivil in Las Vegas.

This is what the other link said:
"Keaton Nankivil 6-9 power forward from the Fox Valley Skillz is down to three, Boston College, Marquette, and Wisconsin. All three coaches were on hand at his game yesterday."