Big East School Lands Big Verbal

Scott Christopherson said he just knew it was time. The Wisconsin native from the Class of 2007 who averaged 23 points a game last season, committed to a future Big East program Sunday night.

When you know, you know. On Sunday night it came to Melrose (Wisc.) Mindoro sophomore Scott Christopherson. The 6-foot-1 standout that is destined to play both guard positions in college will play for Coach Tom Crean and the Marquette Golden Eagles.

After considering early offers from Wisconsin and Washington State, Christopherson made up his mind and committed to Marquette.

"I felt like that was the right place for me to go," Christopherson said. "I love Coach Crean and I love their whole system. It's out of the way and I don't have to deal with the hassle of calling people all the time. I feel like this is the best place for me to go to develop as a player. It's pretty close to home and I got to know Coach Crean well and I just really like their system.

In Marquette's system, Christopherson said he'll get to play both guard slots and was excited about the opportunity of continuing under Crean and an excellent recent tradition of guards.

"I really like Coach Crean," Christopherson said. "Travis and Dwayne Wade, I would really like to be at that level someday and going there is the best chance for me to try and get to that level someday."

Last season as a sophomore, Christopherson averaged 23 points to go with 6 assists and 9 rebounds a game. This spring and summer he'll run with the Fox Valley Skillz.

Don't think Marquette's transition to the Big East didn't have something to do with Christopherson's decision either. The new league is a big selling point for Crean and his staff.

"It's really big," Christopherson said. "That's going to be one of the best conferences in the whole country. It already is and then you throw those schools in there and it's going to be a whole lot of fun. You'll be playing against teams with 2-3 pros every night."

Now, Marquette has an extra recruiter on the road … sort of. "I'm going to try to get Keaton Nankivil," Christopherson said. "He's on my AAU team and I'm going to try to get him to go there. At the same time he's got to do what's good for him."

On Sunday, Christopherson acted on what he's been thinking since this fall: Marquette is the best place for him.

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