Golden Eagles Land Mortensen

The Marquette Golden Eagles accepted a commitment from a senior who is basically a sophomore. Confused? Allow us to explain the story of Matt Mortensen.

Tom Crean and the Marquette Golden Eagles successfully recruited Matt Mortensen, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Provo (Utah) Timpview.

Mortensen has been asked many times this week how a Mormon prospect can leave the state of Utah. "That's pretty much the stereotype of the Utah players is that they don't want to leave," Mortensen said. "I'm fine with it and it's one of the best programs in the country so you can't pass that up."

Mortensen, a member of the Class of 2005, won't be enrolling at Marquette next fall or the fall after that either. He'll take his Mormon mission upon completion of his senior year in high school, essentially making him a member of the Class of 2007.

Right now, Mortensen has no idea where his mission will place him. "You don't know. I'll probably know in about March. I hope to go somewhere foreign and learn another language; that would help me out later in life."

The Golden Eagles had a little inside edge in their recruitment of Mortensen. Assistant coach Jeff Strohm was an aide to Rick Majerus at Utah and knew all about recruiting Mormon players.

"He's told me all about it when he was at Utah and he's dealt with the LDS kids going on missions and he knew how it worked."

Last season Mortensen averaged 13 points but played with a pair of Division I recruits.

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