Two words: Dwayne Wade.
Nick Williams, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore, committed to Marquette and Wade is a big reason why.
"That kind of helped my decision," Williams said of the fact that Wade attended Marquette. "When I went up there to Marquette Elite Camp, they were going through the same drills that they put Dwyane Wade through. He was just like me. Nobody was recruiting me at first either. He went to Marquette and won an NBA championship."
Last season, Williams averaged 16 points and 10 boards. His stock received a big time boost when he rained 3s one morning at the Kingwood Classic.
"I think they saw me at Kingwood and they were one of the first schools to call me and they were the first school to offer me," Williams said. They've been on me ever since."
"At first I was thinking about it in June but I changed my mind. I didn't think I was ready. Over the course of the summer they've been on me really hard and we've been talking and it clicked today what I wanted to do."
Williams said Marquette would send him mail and he'd actually read it, helping him gain a better understanding of the program that produced this year's NBA Finals MVP.
It's pretty rare for someone to stroll into Alabama and nab a recruit, even rarer when it's an underclassman but Marquette landed a solid perimeter shooter on August 2nd and that's a good thing.