On Wednesday evening, Aaron Durley announced on his Twitter page that he has decided to commit to Marquette University and become the third recruit from the Class of 2012 to select Buzz Williams' Golden Eagles. Durley's commitment is verbal until he signs his letter of intent in November. The Golden Eagles have been hoping to reach out into Texas for recruiting and with Durley, coach Williams and his staff have extended their reach.
The 6'10" and 270-pound big man attends Bush High School, the same high school that current Golden Eagles center Chris Otule attended. The connection between the two definitely helped in reeling Durley in and having him learn from Otule for one year once he arrives definitely helps. Durley noted that Marquette is starting to get a reputation for being a solid program in the development of big basketball players and that was one reason why he came to his decision on the Jesuit institution in Milwaukee.
The future of the Big East is uncertain and for Durley to choose Marquette over South Florida and Chattanooga is a step in the positive direction, ensuring that no matter what happens the Golden Eagles will remain strong.
According to ESPN's recruiting profile, Aaron Durley is ranked 57th among all the power forwards in his class and has an overall scout rating of 82. His strength is hitting his jump hook down low and establishing his presence in the post. There is plenty of work that can be done for him to mature as a player and time can only help. He joins Steve Taylor and Jamal Ferguson as the three members of the 2012 recruiting class for coach Buzz Williams.
Durley's commitment comes after Zach Auguste, a 6'9" power forward, chose Notre Dame over Marquette and left question marks surrounding what was next in the recruiting plan for Buzz Williams.
Phillip Nolan, one of the top ranked power forwards left in the 2012 class, could still be on the table. He visited Clemson this past weekend and has already seen Oregon. Nolan is from Milwaukee, but the interest may not be as high for the Golden Eagles as it may have been before. The addition of Durley makes sure that they have a big man just in case all else failed.
The Golden Eagles are receiving a player that formerly played Little League Baseball for the Arabian Americans. His size captivated the attention of viewers and after he grew a little older, he traded in his baseball cleats for a pair of sneakers that fit some of the biggest centers in the NBA. Marquette will have shoes to fill when players like Davante Gardner and Chris Otule leave and if they wear a size 17 to 19, Durley has got them covered.