- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
Another ESPN 100 prospect is off the board and headed to play in the Big East as No. 63 overall prospect JaJuan Johnson (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) committed to Marquette on Thursday over Alabama and Miami.
"Marquette is a very good program and I have a great relationship with coach Buzz (Williams) and coach Chew (assistant coach Isaac Chew," said Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard.
"The coaching staff did a great job of building a relationship with my whole family, not just me," he added.
Johnson was very much aware of the recruiting class the Golden Eagles already had in place -- now ranked No. 8 in the 2013 class by ESPN -- and that was also a factor in his decision.
"To win, I had to come in with a good class, and I really like this class," Johnson said.
With good reason. In addition to Johnson, the Golden Eagles have two other ESPN 100 prospects on board: small forward Deonte Burton (Milwaukee/Vincent) and point guard Duane Wilson (Milwaukee/Dominican), who are ranked No. 41 and No. 56, respectively, in the Class of 2013.
Rounding out Marquette's class are three-star point guard John Dawson (Clovis, N.M./Clovis) and another local product by way of junior college in power forward Jameel McKay (Milwaukee/Indian Hills Community College).
Each member of the class has the talent and basketball IQ to contribute to the program right away and help Marquette maintain its winning ways.
The future of Marquette basketball is extremely bright. These players will fit in nicely the way Williams likes to play: tough and competitive in every phase of the game. Wilson and Dawson can both excel on and off the ball at the guard positions, while Burton and Johnson will complement each other on the wings.
Burton attacks the rim and finishes with power; he plays much bigger than he is. Johnson will give Marquette a long wing with a sweet shooting stroke and a variety of ways to score. McKay, meanwhile, is long, athletic and active and an excellent rebounder and finisher.
Williams will have toughness and versatility with this class, which will allow the Golden Eagles to score off their pressure man defense, excel on the break, create matchup problems in the halfcourt and have playmakers for end-of-clock situations.
"I thought Marquette was the best decision for me to get to my ultimate goal, which is to win and prepare for the (NBA)," Johnson said.
The Bradley Center will be rocking when these young thoroughbreds hit the court to show off their talent next season.