The Golden Eagles will be undergoing one of the most dramatic changes in the Big East, and it may make them more competitive, eventually.
Gone are the senior threesome of Dominic James, Wesley Matthews, and Jerel McNeal, arguably three of the best players in the history of Marquette basketball.
Along with their departure will be the departure of small ball, as the '09 season proves to be much bigger. Marquette will welcome 6’6” 230 lb PF Jeronne Maymon out of James Madison High School in Wisconson and his above the rim style of play. He recently led his highschool to the state title, scoring 25 pts and pulling down 12 rebounds.
Along with adding Maymon up front, the Golden Eagles will welcome current redshirt 7’0” Liam McMorrow, who according to reports, has improved drastically this year after playing highschool ball in Canada.
Add a year of conditioning for current freshman 6’10” Chris Otule, and the Golden Eagles will have strength at the F/C positions. Returning will be 6’6” F Lazar Hayward, who will likely take more of a shooter role, and 6’6” F Jimmy Butler, who will also bring size and the ability to get into the paint.
Replacing James, McNeal, and Matthews will be a combination of current guards Maurice Acker, David Cubillan, and recruits Junior Coudigan and Dwight Buycks. Hayward may move to a guard role because of his shooting ability.
Coudigan is a formidable scorer and playmaker, and will likely be relied upon to dish rather than score. Acker will probably start the year at the point, but Coudigan will eventually take it over.
Golden Eagles Starting Lineup 1/1/10
PG 6’2” Junior Coudigan
SG 6’7”Lazar Hayward
SF 6’9” Jimmy Butler
PF 6’6” Jeronne Maymon
C 7’0” Liam McMorrow