The Marquette Golden Eagles lost two players to transfer, two players to graduation and one to the NBA following an Elite Eight appearance in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Two others flirted with leaving the school, as Jake Thomas originally stated his intent to transfer, while Chris Otule was granted a sixth season for his collegiate career.
Buzz Williams brings in his best recruiting class in the five seasons he has served as the head coach at Marquette, bringing in four players from the class of 2013, as well as junior college transfer Jameel McKay.
McKay comes to Marquette following junior college studs Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, all of whom were drafted in the NBA. Though Vander Blue's decision to pursue the NBA after his junior season may be a shaky one, expect Marquette to make a fourth straight Sweet 16 and be the preseason favorite to win the new Big East in 2013-14.