Golden Eagles Land Big Man

The Marquette Golden Eagles passed on Mike Kinsella the first time around. However, Tom Crean's staff wouldn't let him slide past them this time.

Mike Kinsella, a 7-0, 250 pounder, committed to play for Marquette last week.

Kinsella, a former standout at John Marshall High in Minnesota, sat out as a medical redshirt last season at Rice. He'll spend this season playing for Minneapolis Tech on the juco circuit and have three years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.

Marquette, Iowa State, UNLV and New Mexico State offered the big man.

Kinsella fell in love with Tom Crean and the Marquette staff. "They're great at development and teaching people how to win. The team atmosphere is great and everyone wants to get back to the Final Four and win it. They have the new Al McGuire Center and they've got a great program. It's a perfect fit for me."

A perfect fit, the second time around. Marquette was on Kinsella when he was a high school senior. "They recruited me out of high school but ended up not offering me back then."

Last year at Rice, he suffered a stress fracture in his foot that was diagnosed just days before the Owls would start their season. He wasn't happy at Rice and opted to pursue other options. Enter Marquette.

"This decision for me was actually pretty easy because I was so comfortable with Marquette."

The Golden Eagles have one scholarship left and will likely focus their efforts on another big man. It's unlikely they'll move on DeAaron Williams or many small forwards.

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