Marquette Secures Commitment

Damian Saunders, a 6'8" forward from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts has committed to playing his collegiate ball for Tom Crean and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Saunders is the second player from Notre Dame Prep to select Marquette in two years, the first being current Marquette freshman Lazar Hayward.

MarquetteHoops.com has learned that Damian Saunders, a 6'8" forward from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts has committed to playing his collegiate ball for Tom Crean and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Saunders is the second player from Notre Dame Prep to select Marquette in two years, the first being current Marquette freshman Lazar Hayward. Damian is a fifth year senior who is originally from Waterbury Connecticut's Crosby High School where he was a first team All-State selection a year ago after averaging 26 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocked shots per game.

Notre Dame Prep assistant coach Mike McMahon offered the following description of Damian, "He is an extremely athletic player who handles the ball nicely for a bigger player. He is about 6'8 and CAN shoot it beyond the arc. His meal ticket is running the floor and his athleticism around the hoop." McMahon added, "Much like Lazar Hayward, Damian is a GREAT kid!"

Saunders selected Marquette after visiting Milwaukee on an official visit where he attended "Halloween Hoops", an event where Marquette holds an open scrimmage for their fans along with trick or treating and autograph sessions for the younger fans in costume. Saunders selected Marquette over Providence, but was also recruited by UMass, Cincinnati, Georgia and Tennessee.

Saunders joins 6'1" shooting guard Scott Christopherson, 6'8" power forward Trevor Mbakwe, and 6'7" forward Patrick Hazel to make up Marquette's 2007 recruiting class. At this point Marquette will only have three scholarships available for that class, but rumors have been swirling for quite some time around the potential of sophomore point guard Dominic James leaving Marquette for the NBA after this season.


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