The Marquette 2022 recruiting class offers multi-positional talent. Coach Shaka Smart is bringing in a coveted point guard, an international big and a talented wing. Smart also added a transfer wing to Marquette’s 2022 recruiting class. Unsure what Marquette’s incoming recruiting class offers? Let’s take a look:
Sean Jones (5-10, 175), PG
Jones has a reputation as a dogged on-ball defender. That’s not to say he isn’t a good offensive player, either. Jones is the third-ranked recruit in Ohio and a top-150 recruit in the country according to Rivals. Marquette had a hard time finding a pure point guard during the Steve Wojciehowski years, but Shaka Smart quickly seems to have taken aim at finding a PG.
Jones was rated as high as 83rd nationally by ESPN.com.
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“Sean has tremendous speed and we are really excited about the way he gets up-and-down the floor,” Smart said on signing day. “He can guard 94 feet and he loves to push the ball, attack and create baskets for his teammates.”
Chase Ross (6-4, 185), wing
Shaka Smart is clearly targeting defense and athleticism on the recruiting trail. Ross, left-handed shooter, flew under the radar, but started to really get noticed late in the recruiting process. Ross is looked at as a two-way wing who can really guard. He is athletic and can shoot the ball. He could be a real gem for Smart and Marquette.
Ross had offers from programs including Texas A&M, Georgia, Penn State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“Chase is a tremendous athlete who can really shoot it,” Smart said. “Marquette fans are going to love his versatility, ability to guard multiple positions, get in the paint and play above the rim.”
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) September 24, 2021
Ben Gold (6-10, 205), stretch 4
Gold is a tantalizing international prospect from New Zealand and the NBA Global Academy. He is 6-10, but is a lethal threat from the outside. He chose Marquette over Washington State and Loyola-Chicago. Here is what Gold said about Marquette prior to his commitment.
“They have a new coaching staff up from Texas and I like the style of play,” he told Rivals in January. “They play up-tempo and shoot, which is how I want to play.”
Marquette added a pledge from @nbaacademy 6’10 forward Ben Gold last night.
Has a rare combination of size, mobility, & skill. Can stretch the floor with compact release & shows bursts of really being able to run/move well.
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) February 15, 2022
Zach Wrightsil (6-7, 205), wing
Well this is about the 2022 incoming freshmen, Shaka Smart also nabbed slashing wing and NAIA Player of the Year Zach Wrightsil from Loyola University of New Orleans. Wrightsil will have one year of eligibility remaining at Marquette.
Wrightsil led Loyola to the NAIA National Championship and earned National POY honors after he averaged 18.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Following Wrightsil’s commitment in mid-April, Smart said: “I’m extremely excited about Zach joining our program. “He is a flat-out winner who possesses tremendous humility and poise. As we continue to build our program culturally, Zach will provide leadership and maturity.
“On the court, Zach’s versatility and ability to play with violence will be a welcomed addition to our team,” Smart added.
Marquette shocked a lot of folks in the college basketball world last season. Hopefully this class can build on that success.
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