Marquette freshmen: early look

A statistical evaluation of Marquette's freshmen doesn't work as well for the Golden Eagles as it does for others, simply because they haven't scored many points.

Marquette's offense has labored through early season games, as the Golden Eagles have tallied more than 79 points only once (a 114-71 victory over Grambling State) in five games.

The offensive low point occurred against Ohio State, when MU notched only 35 points for the entire game. This college basketball season has featured a scoring resurgence thanks to new officiating priorities, but the Golden Eagles haven't yet capitalized.

Their top-10 class ranking also proved to be misleading, because talented juco signee Jameel McKay enrolled but then transferred immediately to Iowa State. That defection turned into a substantial setback, as the early scoring woes indicate.

Of the four remaining signees, Duane Wilson — who ranked No. 71 in the Class of 2013 — has missed the start of the season due to a stress fracture in his leg.

With only three members of an initial five-man class even able to take the court, contributions have been modest. Wing Jajuan Johnson entered the program as the highest-touted of the signees, and he's averaging a solid 17 minutes per contest with five points per game on a struggling 35 percent shooting.

Forward Deonte Burton also ranked in the national top 100, and he checks in with 12 minutes game and four points per outing. Like Johnson, he's shooting at less than 40 percent from the floor.

Three star point guard John Dawson is acclimating to the college game and has played in a backup capacity thus far, getting roughly 11 minutes per outing.

Clearly, none of Marquette's freshmen has established himself an immediate impact player. But in fairness, the entire offense has bogged down and it's unwise to pin that on any one individual or class. As the team's fortunes improve on that end of the court, so should the rookies' performance.

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