Quick Marquette Basketball Notes

M. S.Correspondent IApril 19, 2009

BOISE, ID - MARCH 22:  Forward Wesley Matthews #23 of the Marquette Golden Eagles dunks the ball against the Missouri Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 22, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

With the 2008 Marquette season and the NCAA Tournament now a distant memory, most Golden Eagles fans have shifted their focus to the struggling Milwaukee Brewers as well as the NBA and NHL playoffs. 

However, just because the season is over does not mean that news affecting Marquette stops.  Let’s take a quick look at everything that is Marquette basketball news.

Kane Signs with the Marshall Thundering Herd

Deandre Kane decided Saturday to play for Donnie Jones and Marshall next year. 

Kane, the 6′4″ shooting guard from Pittsburgh, joined his high school teammate Hassan Whiteside and will make a huge impact on the team next year.  Kane was being recruited by Marquette, but after they signed junior college freshman Darius Johnson-Odom, it seemed unlikely that MU would be the choice.

Matthews Shines at Portsmouth Invitational

In the first post-NCAA Tournament action for NBA Draft hopefuls, Wesley Matthews improved his draft stock at the Portsmouth Invitational. 

Starting April 8th, the four day, 12-team tournament showcased 64 players, most of whom are lower-ranked prospects that are looking to get good showcasing to NBA scouts. 

Matthews averaged 14.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in the three games that he played in and was named to the all-tournament team, joining the likes of Missouri’s Demarre Carrol, Xavier’s B.J. Raymond, and Central Florida’s Jermaine Taylor. 

Matthews is projected to go late in the second round, if he is drafted at all.

Bowen Opens Up Recruiting

EDIT: I apologize on the notion I gave of Bowen de-committing and regret that error.  What I was getting at was that the loss of Dale Layer to Liberty could change things.  He has over a calendar year to think about this and with the always stockpiling of guards in Buzz's classes, could make things interesting.  Once again, I apologize for the confusion and incorrect facts.  I am a stickler on getting facts straight and getting percentages correct down to the tenth decimal and I did not do so on this piece.

Forward Williams Interested in Marquette

Just when you thought the 2009 recruiting class was final, it has started back up again. 

With no current scholarships available on the roster, forward Latavious Williams has Marquette listed in his top five schools.  Williams has had trouble qualifying in school but still is a great talent that would fit the bill for what Marquette loves to do—score.

Parrom Granted Release From Xavier

The 6′5″ small forward Kevin Parrom was granted his release from Xavier, stemming from the departure of then head coach Sean Miller. 

Parrom was a highly sought after prospect and is currently rated as a four star recruit.  Parrom has several Big East schools on his radar and lists Marquette as a potential landing spot. 

It would seem that with so much activity going on in the recruiting process, Buzz knows something is up with a current roster player.