In a statement release from the school yesterday, it was announced that incoming freshman Duane Wilson will miss some time with a stress fracture in his left leg.
“[He] will be evaluated on a consistent basis, but is expected to miss multiple weeks during the rehabilitation process,” said the release.
Coach Buzz Williams is welcoming a top-10 rated recruiting class by many publications with Duane Wilson the 53rd ranked prospect per ESPN. JaJuan Johnson and Deonte Burton join Wilson in this year’s class as top-100 ranked prospects.
Marquette was picked by the coaches to win the league last week at the Big East Media Day based both on the returning pieces and the new additions. The biggest question mark for this year’s team however is at point guard. With Junior Cadougan graduating and Vander Blue (albeit more of a 2-guard, but could have played some at the point) opting to leave early, it created somewhat of a hole at the position.
Derrick Wilson, the 6-foot-1 junior, is slated to assume the point guard duties, but Wilson was expected to factor into the rotation. Todd Mayo, a 6-foot-3 junior, should also get some run at the point.
Marquette opens their season on November 8th against Southern, but their first true test will come on November 16th against Ohio State. It’s unclear how big of a role coach Williams was thinking for Wilson at the start of the season, but this is no doubt a hit to the team’s depth. The release states that he is expected to miss multiple weeks, and not months, so getting Wilson back into the rotation by conference play would be a positive.