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Marquette's one truly aggressive scorer, guard Vander Blue, made the ill-advised choice to enter the NBA draft, where he was roundly ignored.
Coach Buzz Williams' returning crew should form a well-balanced attack, if only because there's not a proven dominant force on his team.
The main man is burly forward Davante Gardner, a 290-pound beast with a deceptively smooth shooting stroke. When a big man drills 83 percent of his free throws, he's a scoring threat every night. Gardner must, however, play more than 21 minutes per night if he's going to be a 15 to 18 point scorer.
Small forward Jamil Wilson established himself as a burgeoning shooter last season, making 36 of 100 attempts from beyond the arc. He cracked double figures in 13 of the Eagles' final 15 games.
Marquette's recruiting class was ranked ninth in America by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI), and that didn't even take junior college transfer Jameel McKay into account. The 6'8" junior averaged nearly 15 PPG in his freshman season at Indian Hills CC.
Top recruit JaJuan Johnson is not to be confused with the former Purdue All-American center. This Johnson is a lithe 6'5" guard who can score from nearly anywhere on the court.
If anyone other than Gardner will lead this team in scoring, it will be Johnson.
Freshman Duane Wilson will compete for the point guard position. His game is designed to push tempo more than Marquette was used to last season. The Eagles ranked 239th in the nation in adjusted pace per Ken Pomeroy.
Wilson's fellow rookie Deonte Burton is an undersized bruiser at 6'4" and nearly 230 pounds. He may be only a spot scorer until he can improve his mid-range game.
The Golden Eagles' roster has a great array of talent and potential, and all of the top five or six players are capable of being 10 PPG scorers. Until someone leaps out and takes control of the offense, we can expect that Williams will ask his players to focus on defense first and let the scoring take care of itself.