Shaka Smart is gaining traction on the recruiting trail at Marquette. Smart snagged his second 4-star commitment in two weeks on Tuesday when Top-100 guard Tre Norman committed.
Norman, a 6-3 guard, is ranked 85th by 247 Sports, No. 91 on ESPN and 99th in Composite Ranking in the 2023 class. The only major recruiting site not to have Norman in top-100 is Rivals. Norman’s commitment comes on the heels of Al Amadou pledging to the Golden Eagles. The excitement on what Smart is forming at Marquette has fans excited. Norman and Amadou are impact players and could get Marquette and Smart back to winning in March.
Norman averaged 19.3 points and 7.5 rebounds last season at Worcester Academy. Programs took notice of Norman with a strong EYBL showing as well, averaging over 20 points per game.
Big congrats to Tre Norman on his commitment to Marquette!
The 2023 guard was our Team MVP in last year’s 🏆 season for the Hilltoppers and has a bright future in the Big East! #WABasketball #HST @trenorman04 pic.twitter.com/SrNrGWzhNZ
— Worcester Basketball (@WA_VBB) September 6, 2022
Norman chose Marquette over offers from Georgetown, Miami, Texas A&M and others. He joins PF Al Amadou and fast-riser Zaide Lowery, both top-150 players, in Marquette’s 2023 class.
Norman another playmaker for Marquette
Shaka Smart loves guard play and MU has guards-a-plenty. Norman is the latest talent at Shaka Smart’s disposal. Norman will join Kam Jones, Chase Ross, Tyler Kolek, Sean Jones, Stevie Mitchell, Emarion Ellis and fellow 2023 guard Zaide Lowery on the Marquette roster.
Shaka Smart loves tough, physical defenders and Norman is touted as one of the best on-ball defenders in the 2023 class.
2023 4⭐️ Tre Norman has committed to Marquette and Shaka Smart.
Norman is a tough, physical guard and one of the best on-ball defenders in the '23 class. Had a really good summer for @thebabc.
He chose Marquette over Harvard and Rutgers. #91 in the ESPN100. pic.twitter.com/t2EaEIZJ7i
— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) September 6, 2022
It’s hard not to be excited for what Smart has done on the recruiting trail. Also, expect Smart to do what he’s done at VCU and Texas: a lot of three guard lineups. Heck, four at times to up the pressure.
Why Norman chose Marquette
Norman stated Marquette was on him from the start, in an interview with On3.
2023 four-star Tre Norman has committed to Marquette, he tells @On3Recruits.
“Marquette really separated themselves from other schools in the recruiting process.”
Story: https://t.co/TVcEXoWfHi pic.twitter.com/8jq0HBgjFw
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) September 6, 2022
“What made me choose Marquette was just how loyal they were from the beginning,” Norman said to On3. “They kept in contact with me. They never wavered and there weren’t any times when they stopped talking to me for a while. It was always consistent. The coaching staff connected with my family and stayed in contact with everybody, even my friends. They would talk to them on the phone. Marquette really separated themselves from other schools in the recruiting process.”
Future looking bright for Marquette
With Norman on board in 2023 with Abadou and Lowery, the MU 2023 recruiting class is now ranked 11th in the country. The 2023 class could be the most eagerly anticipated class in recent memory. One interesting tidbit about Norman signing is, Marquette has 14 scholarship players in 2023-’24 with only 13 slots. Oliver Maxwell-Prosper, Oso Ighadoro or Ben Gold could pursue pro aspirations. Or in this transfer-world college basketball has become, a transfer could be expected.
From yesterday: @thebabc & @WA_VBB guard Tre Norman committed to Marquette…and I believe it's going to end up being a very important pledge for Shaka Smart. https://t.co/aNJXNxZJsd pic.twitter.com/Zgev7HTqD5
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) September 7, 2022
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Recruiting is about bringing in talent and Smart has certainly done that with the 2023 class. It’s been a bit since this kind of excitement surrounded Marquette on the recruiting trail. Norman is the latest talent to commit to Marquette. Smart is building a talented group and Marquette fans are eager for some results in March. Norman could be the game-changer to help do that.