Who is gone:
Vander Blue – NBA – 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals
Trent Lockett – expired eligibility – 7.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Junior Cadougan – expired eligibility – 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steals
Jamal Ferguson – transferring – 1.1 points, 0.6 rebounds
The loss of Blue was a significant hit for the Golden Eagles. He never developed into the consistent lethal shooter that most people had hoped, but he was the guy with the ball in his hand at the end of games. The graduation of Cadougan and Lockett also leave voids from last year’s starting lineup. Cadougan was the team’s steady point guard while Lockett proved to be a versatile guard during his lone year at Marquette. The work ethic and contributions of all three players will be missed, who were consistently praised by Coach Buzz Williams.
Who is back:
Chris Otule – center – 17.7 minutes, 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds
Davante Gardner – forward – 21.5 minutes, 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds
Jamil Wilson – forward – 25.2 minutes, 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds
Todd Mayo – guard – 14.1 minutes, 5.3 points, 1.2 rebounds
Derrick Wilson – guard – 13.1 minutes, 1.1 points, 0.6 rebounds
Steve Taylor – forward – 8.6 minutes, 3.0 points, 2.1 rebounds
Juan Anderson – forward – 13.0 minutes, 2.7 points, 2.9 rebounds
Jake Thomas – guard – 9.0 minutes, 1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds
Otule, Gardner and J. Wilson will not only form one of the better front courts in the Big East, but in the country. Mayo is going to be expected to step into a bigger scoring role while D. Wilson will get an opportunity to assume the point guard duties with Cadougan gone. However, it is Taylor who has the look to breakout into a star in the Big East with more playing time expected to come his way. Both Anderson and Thomas considered transferring, but neither ended up making a move; each will provide sound depth on the perimeter.
JaJuan Johnson – 6-foot-5 shooting guard
ESPN’s 27th ranked player and 3rd ranked shooting guard
Rivals.com’s 35th ranked player and 9th ranked shooting guard
Deonte Burton – 6-foot-5 small forward
ESPN’s 39th ranked player and 9th ranked small forward
Rival.com’s 52nd ranked player and 11th ranked small forward
Duane Wilson – 6-foot-3 point guard
ESPN’s 53rd ranked player and 13th ranked point guard
Rival.com’s 51st ranked player and 11th ranked point guard
John Dawson – 6-foot-2 point guard
ESPN’s 44th ranked point guard
Garrett Swanson – 6-foot-7 forward – transfer from Idaho St. who sat out last year
He averaged 13.2 minutes, 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19 games played two years ago at Idaho St.
Jameel McKay – 6-foot-8 power forward – junior college transfer
Played at Indian Hills Community College last year where he averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and earned first team junior college All-American honors.
Probable starting lineup:
Chris Otule, C
Davante Gardner, F
Jamil Wilson, F
Todd Mayo, G
Duane Wilson, G
A strong and experienced core with significant size returns from last year’s squad. And with the highly touted incoming recruiting class, Buzz Williams’ team will likely be the favorite to win the reconfigured Big East. The Golden Eagles will have a plethora of options at every position but center, which means we could expect another year of hockey-like line changes from Williams to keep his players fresh. This may end up being Williams’ most talented team since he became the head coach in 2008; a scary thought for the rest of the league given his consistent success rate.
Check back throughout the week for an in-depth look at each of Marquette’s recruits and transfers.