According to Illinois Prep Bulls-eye, rising junior combo guard Iman Shumpert has emerged as MU's #1 backcourt target for the class of 2008.
Absolutely nobody turned more heads with his outstanding play in Akron than 6'3 combo guard Iman Shumpert from Oak Park High School in Oak Park, IL. With that being said, Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has learned from very good authorities that Shumpert will visit both Marquette University and the University of Illinois in the upcoming future, possibly before the start of the summer. Shumpert is the #1 recruiting priority among guards in the 2008 class for both of these schools.Chicago Hoops reports that TC was all over Shumpert this past weekend at the King James Classic this past week.
Class of 2008 Oak Park-River Forest star Iman Shumpert, who was amazing all weekend long for Full Package at King James had an impressive list of schools and coaches tracking his every move. Marquette, and head coach Tom Crean were front and center all weekend.............Don't be at all surprised to see Shumpert start to pop up as a Top 50 prospect nationally. It appears as though Shumpert has some sort of blog -- and he indicates that Clemson is his dream destination. Still, he lists MU as one of many programs to have offered a scholarship.
In addition, per the Bulls-eye guys it looks like MU is ratcheting up interest in 6-9 forward Stan Simpson of Chicago Leo:
Stan Simpson, the 6'9 center from Leo High School in Chicago, proved that he can get it done against top-level competition in Akron and as a result is now claiming offers from both Indiana and Virginia. In addition, Illinois and Marquette are two schools that are really picking up their level of interest.
Class of 2009 Update
Looking ahead to the class of 2009, we know that Tom Crean is all over Jamil Wilson of Racine-Horlick. Wilson, the 6-6 wunderkind, figures to be Crean's top priority for the 2009 freshman class. Chicago Hoops is also reporting that Marquette has offered 6-6 sophomore Michael Haynes of Chicago Corliss.
Class of 2010 Update
Mark Miller, who covers Wisconsin high school hoops like nobody else, broke the news today that Marquette has offered a scholarship 6-11 high school freshman Evan Anderson. Anderson will play his sophomore season at Eau Claire North high school.
Chicago Hoops sums it up:
Marquette, and head coach Tom Crean have a great track record of success with Chicago players, and have been pretty much in every gym where Chicago prospects are playing. Iman Shumpert and 6-8 MeanStreets post Josh Crittle of Chicago Hales Franciscan are among the 2008 prospects on the Marquette radar screen.