Recruiting never stops in college basketball, as any coach will tell you.
But there are cycles. Recruits in the 2023 class finished their final grassroots seasons in July and can sign national letters of intent on Nov. 9.
So with those prospects nearing the finish line of their recruitment, staff are turning more attention to the next wave.
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Even in the age of the NCAA transfer portal, Marquette men’s coach Shaka Smart has called himself “old school” in his preference for recruiting talent out of high school and developing players over several seasons in college.
Here is a list of players in the 2024 and 2025 classes who have caught MU’s attention. Recruiting is always fluid, with interest waxing and waning on both sides, so names will be added or dropped out.
Class of 2024
(in alphabetical order)
Isaiah Abraham (6-foot-7 forward; Paul VI High School, Virginia; Team Takeover AAU)
Abraham received an offer from the Golden Eagles in June. His father, Faisal, played at MU from 1993-97. Abraham has received a slew of offers thanks to his versatile game. He told Stockrisers in July that “I can use my length to guard any position on the court. I can knock down open shots and also create shots for myself off the dribble.
Luke Bamgboye (6-10 center; Mt. Carmel High School, Maryland; Team Thrill AAU)
The mobile big man moved to the United States from London a few years ago. Bamgboye helped lead Team Thrill to the U16 Under Armor title in July with 247 Sports noting his ability to swat shots and pull down rebounds. He picked up an MU offer, along with many others, on June 15.
James Brown (6-10 forward; St. Rita High School, Illinois; Meanstreets AAU)
Brown will be one of the top recruits in the class, already picking up offers from heavyweight schools like Duke, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina. He is part of a loaded St. Rita shouts. The Chicago Sun-Times noted Brown has “college-ready size, coordination and mobility.” He was offered by MU on June 15.
Somtochukwu Cyril (6-11 center; Hamilton Heights High School, Tennessee; Elite Amateur Basketball Club AAU)
Cyril profiles as an elite rim protector in college and will be a coveted recruit. He led the Adidas 3SSB circuit in blocks this summer. He picked up an offer from MU in June.
Jack Daugherty (6-7 forward; Brookfield Central High School; Phenom University-Team Herro AAU)
He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds last season to help the Lancers reach the WIAA Division 1 state title game. MU was one of several schools to contact Daugherty on June 15
Bryce Dortch (6-7 forward; Brimmer and May School, Massachusetts; Mass Rivals AAU)
Dortch’s high school plays in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council, a strong league that has produced MU players Tyler Kolek and Chase Ross. MU was one of several schools to reach out to Dortch in June.
Donovan Freeman (6-8 forward; St. John’s High School, District of Columbia; Team Takeover AAU)
Freeman was born in the Bahamas, but moved to the DC area when he was 6 years old. Georgetown offered him a scholarship when he was in the eighth grade. Freeman picked up an offer from MU on June 15. He will likely end up a five-star prospect in the class.
Will Hornseth (6-8 forward; De Pere High School; Wisconsin Blizzard AAU)
The smooth Hornseth has the potential to be one of the state’s top prospects in the class. MU reached out to him in June.
Nojus Indrusaitis (6-6 guard; St. Rita High School, Illinois; Meanstreets AAU)
The sweet-shooting Indrusaitis picked up a MU victim on the same day as high school and grassroots teammate James Brown. Indrusaitis told Rivals about MU: “I like the Big East. They have a great team and a great coaching staff. They talk to me personally and I just like the atmosphere there, too.”
Nick Janowski (6-4 guard; Pewaukee High School; Phenom University-Team Herro AAU)
Janowski visited Marquette Madness last October and, in short order, was offered a scholarship. The sharpshooter has helped Pewaukee win back-to-back WIAA state titles.
Iverson King (6-5 wing; Forsyth Country Day High School, North Carolina; Team Curry AAU)
King seems to be a bit under the radar. But several schools, including MU, reached out in June to the slashing wing.
Kon Knueppel (6-5 guard; Wisconsin Lutheran High School; Phenom University-Team Herro AAU)
The Golden Eagles have shown heavy interest in the local sharpshooter. Knueppel was MU’s first scholarship offer for the 2024 class in June 2021. But there will be plenty of competition for a player who can efficiently score like Knueppel.
Drew McKenna (6-6 forward; Glenelg Country School, Maryland; Team Melo AAU)
McKenna is starting to become a hot name in the fertile recruiting ground of the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. MU offered him a scholarship in June and several Big East and Big Ten schools have done the same.
Damarius Owens (6-7 forward; Western Reserve Academy, Ohio; City Rocks AAU)
MU extended an offer to Owens in June, but the Rochester, New York, native has been vocal about how much it meant to him to be recruited by Syracuse.
Rakease Passmore (6-6 forward; Combine Academy, North Carolina; Garner Road AAU)
Being a highly athletic wing at Passmore’s size will draw some notice, and he has caught the attention of schools like MU, Louisiana State, Providence and Virginia.
Calvin Robins Jr. (6-5 forward; Kenwood Academy, Illinois; Mac Irvin Fire AAU)
Robins has several mid-major offers, but after showing off his explosive athleticism over the summer he has attracted the interest of bigger programs like MU.
Kur Teng (6-4 guard; Bradford Christian Academy, Massachusetts; Mass Rivals AAU)
Teng played up in age at the 17U Adidas 3SSB finals last month and helped lead his team to the title with a textbook shooting stroke. Not surprisingly, he was already contacted by several big-time programs.
Duane Thompson (6-6 forward; Putnam Science Academy, Connecticut; Expressions Elite AAU)
Thompson plays for one of the top prep schools in the nation. A strong performance in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, the biggest grassroots event in July, should boost his profile even more.
Keyshaun Tillery (6-1 guard; Albany Academy, New York; City Rocks AAU)
Tillery’s star is ascending after a breakout sophomore season at Albany Academy in which he averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game.
Caden Wilkins (6-7 wing; Bettendorf High School, Iowa; Iowa Barnstormers AAU)
Wilkins plays for the same AAU program that produced MU guard Emarion Ellis. Former Golden Eagles guard DJ Carton also attended Bettendorf High School. MU joins Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa State and Nebraska as schools who have shown interest in Wilkins.
Class of 2025
(in alphabetical order)
Durral Brooks (6-2 guard; Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Michigan; The Family AAU)
Brooks looks like a prototypical point guard who distributes the ball and plays good defense. Michigan and Michigan State have already offered him a scholarship.
Davion Hannah (6-5 guard; Nicolet High School; Mac Irvin Fire AAU)
After a standout freshman season at Milwaukee Academy of Science, Hannah is transferring to Nicolet. MU offered him a scholarship in August. Wisconsin and Oregon are among the other schools who have offered.
Chris Nwuli (6-7 forward; Bishop Gorman High School, Nevada; Vegas Elite AAU)
The super-athletic Nwuli can shy away from impressive dunks, but coaches like the way he can switch defensively.
Kai Rogers (6-10 center; Wauwatosa West High School; Wisconsin Playground AAU)
Rogers averaged 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman for Tosa West, and his profile is taking off like a rocket. UW, Texas and Illinois are among the schools to have already offered him scholarships. Rogers will visit MU in early August.
Jalen Rougier-Roane (6-5 guard; Sidwell Friends, District of Columbia; Team Durant AAU)
MU was the first NCAA Division 1 school to offer Rougier-Roane a scholarship. After showing his ability to finish around the rim and also knock down shots at the Peach Jam in July, he will be getting more attention.
Joson Sanon (6-5 guard; Vermont Academy; Boston Amateur Basketball Club AAU)
Sanon picked up an offer from MU in June, not long after showing off his versatility at the NEPSAC Showcase.
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