Wojo making statement with recruiting class
When Marquette made the decision to replace a proven commodity in Buzz Williams for a longtime assistant in Steve Wojciechowski, there was a question as to how it would go. While clearly Wojciechowski had a great pedigree working at Duke, he had never been a head coach before and also people wondered if it was Duke who attracted kids, or the job done by the assistants. Needless to say if his first class is any indication, Wojciechowski is going to be a force on the recruiting trail. With the commitment of four-star wing Haanif Cheatham on Friday, the Golden Eagles now have three top 100 pledges, and are in line to snag one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The first thing that Wojciechowski did was lock down four-star combo guard Nick Noskowiak. Noskowiak is a kid who can really score and is also a solid athlete. He originally committed to Marquette under Williams, and then after some hard work, Wojciechowski got him back into the fold. While it is possible that Noskowiak simply wanted to go to Marquette, the bottom line is Wojciechowski got it done, what has since followed has been very impressive. Next on the list was Matt Heldt. A three-star prospect at the time, Heldt was somewhat under the radar playing on a smaller AAU team, but Marquette saw what they liked, put the full court press on, and landed the skilled and mobile center who has major potential. Now Heldt is viewed as a top 50 caliber prospect, and someone who is going to be a major part of the future for the Golden Eagles. Now Marquette also has Cheatham in the mix. Ranked as the No. 80 prospect in the class, Cheatham has the ability to play almost anywhere in the backcourt and brings a lot of versatility and talent to the table. He is one of the steadiest performers in the class, and should allow Marquette to do a lot of different things with his skill set both on offense and defense. That alone is a heck of a class, but things could get a lot better in a hurry. Marquette is also considered the big leader for five-star prospect Henry Ellenson. Ellenson’s brother, Wally, is currently a member of the team, and they are very close. Adding a potential one and one talent like Ellenson into the equation will make Marquette one of the best teams in the Big East right away, and also put them firmly in the mix for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament given the young talent already assembled on the roster. Overall if there were any questions about Wojciechowski’s ability to recruit outside of the friendly confines of Duke, he has put them to rest quickly with the job he has done at Marquette.
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