On Saturday morning, the Marquette University community will be hosting the Briggs and Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital. The charity event hopes to raise more than $4,500 this year in memory of Marquette basketball's patron saint Al McGuire and his commitment to helping children in need of health care. There will be multiple festivities on campus, which is why Men's Basketball head coach Buzz Williams has decided to bring out Zach Auguste for a visit to try and seal the deal on a commitment for the Class of 2012, according to Cracked Sidewalks.
Auguste is among the top 25 in his class for the power forward position, which is something Buzz Williams is hoping to improve on. Sporting News released their preseason top 25 rankings and listed the Golden Eagles at No. 21 with criticism of their big men. Auguste could be a step up for the future and would be the final puzzle piece for the upcoming recruiting class that includes Steve Taylor, Jamal Ferguson and T. J Taylor.
Originally, Marquette had some competition for Auguste in the Big East with Notre Dame in the hunt, but in late August, the power forward trimmed his list to a final four: Marquette, Florida, Georgia and West Virginia. The festivities of Al's Run is what Marquette is hoping to pitch in this weekend.
Zach Auguste fits in well in Buzz Williams' system and he recognizes it, because he has spoken highly of their defensive attack and acknowledged that as one of his strengths. Standing at 6'9" and 205 pounds, his strength is going up and capitalizing on second opportunities around the rim. He displayed his talent this summer as he played for the Albany Rocks AAU team.
Buzz Williams has been expanding his grasp on recruits from all over the country. He's got the West Coast covered, Midwest checked off and East Coast is also present. Could Zach Auguste of Massachusetts be the next East Coast acquisition? The Marquette coaching staff is on the edge of their seats this weekend hoping to land the final big catch.