Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Marquette mining Chicago?
By Matt Giles
When Isaac Chew abruptly left Illinois and decided to trek to Marquette last May, it was widely assumed the Golden Eagles would begin heavily recruiting Illinois, and in particular, Chicago. Marquette had already been a popular choice for many Chicago natives -- current freshman Steve Taylor suits up for the Big East squad -- but when Chew decided to forgo Illinois, a program that he had just decided to work for, and become an assistant to Buzz Williams, it was seen as a sign in the recruiting world that Marquette would be a frequent competitor for Chicago and Illinois prospects.
ESPN's Dave Telep has an interesting note in a recent 'Cleaning out the notebook' blog -- Paul White, one of the top prospects in the 2014 class and Chicago-born -- is being eagerly pursued by Williams and his staff. While Kendrick Nunn, who was a Marquette target, decided to stay in-state and play for John Groce, it is fair to assume that when a Chicago-area recruit begins to make a name for himself on the recruiting scene, Marquette will be one of the first options.