Marquette Lands Its Top Target In The Class of 2002
Tom Crean locked in on WI SF Steve Novak a long time ago. On Wednesday, the hard work paid off in the form of a commitment. Novak announced for the Golden Eagles over Illinois and Florida, two schools that had offered him scholarships.
So, what does Marquette get in Novak? Simple. They now have a legitimate 3-point threat on the wings. Not to mention, a shooter who is 6-9. Take a cruise around college basketball and start naming the guys with size who can shoot. Heck, start naming the guys who can shoot period. Novak brings a tremendous value to a college basketball team.
Yes, he needs strength, which comes through the natural growth process, and has to firm up his ball handling skills, but with a perimeter stroke like his, he'll find his way onto the court early for Marquette.
Novak is an important recruit for the Marquette program and Crean likely knew it. Due to Novak's proximity to campus and his stature in the state, the Golden Eagles had to have him. They made him a priority early in the process and watched as numerous big-timers made runs at him. In the end, they were able to fend off the competition and land their biggest target of the year.
Last week, Novak was named to the all-star team at the adidas ABCD Camp. As a junior at Brown Deer, he averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds.