Marquette is undoubtedly going to be active in the transfer portal. I mean, who isn’t now? Shaka Smart had a successful first season at Marquette which saw the Golden Eagles earn an NCAA Tournament trip after being picked to finish ninth in the Big East in the preseason coaches’ poll.
While getting established at Marquette, Smart nabbed four transfer starters out of the portal last year. Senior transfers Darryl Morsell and Kur Kuath and underclassmen Tyler Kolek, and Oliver Maxwell-Prosper helped spur Marquette along with mainstay Justin Lewis. Now, Smart is looking to build on that success. To bide time before his high school recruiting pipeline gets going, Smart is likely to nab multiple portal targets again.
Marquette portal target: Noah Carter
Smart has already been active in the portal, touching base with a number of the over 1,200 players in the portal. In fact, one player has already narrowed his list to a final 5 and Marquette has made the list.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged 15 points and 4.1 rebounds this past season and is one of the most coveted transfers out there.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 31, 2022
That player is Noah Carter from Northern Iowa. At UNI last year, Carter, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 15 points per game and four rebounds. As you can see above there is heavy competition for Carter. His final 5 also includes Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and Virginia Tech.
Despite being 6-6, Carter played in the frontcourt mostly for the Panthers. In 2020-’21, Carter averaged 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Carter will have two years of eligibility left at his new school. Marquette sorely needs some rebounding help as the Golden Eagles were one of the worst rebounding teams in the country. The Golden Eagles could use someone who can score and hit the glass.
UNI transfer Noah Carter will visit Missouri April 8th-10th and Virginia Tech April 16th-17th source tells @247SportsPortal . Carter will look to visit each school in his top five with a decision expected at the end of April.
— Dushawn London (@DushawnLondon1) April 2, 2022
Just the start
Marquette is active in the portal, particularly after bigs who can rebound. Carter is probably an undersized power forward (48 percent shooter, 30 percent from 3). The Marquette program has thrived on those types of players, though. Carter has Marquette in his final list and whether he commits or not, Smart is going isn’t going to be finished looking for players in the portal. This is just the start of what should be a wild portal season for Marquette.
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