Buzz Williams proved to be a fantastic recruiter at marquette (though it helps that marquette is a storied program in a big city in what was the best conference at that time). But still, there is lots to get excited about in terms of what Buzz might bring to the ‘Burg from a recruit standpoint given that he’s in the ACC.
Buzz took over the marquette gig in April 2008, so well after the signing periods had opened that year and most classes were set. So I’m counting 2009 as his first class at marquette. Here is analysis of his recruits from 2009-2014 at marquette. [Note: all star rankings below are based on Rivals.com]
There are three main points I’d like to emphasize that excite me:
- Buzz recruited his school’s state, Wisconsin, very, very well.
- Buzz has pulled a couple of recruits from Virginia before.
- Buzz can land star power.
Recruiting Your State:
There were rumors that JJ/his staff had burned bridges with some VA and Carolina programs on the HS/AAU level. That’s never a good thing, especially when you are at a school with a historically limited recruiting budget. You have to lock up your own territory, and Buzz did that while at marquette. Check out what Buzz was able to do in his own state of Wisconsin…
- 2009: One 4-star
- 2010: One 5-star
- 2011: No in-state signees
- 2012: No in-state signees
- 2013: Two 4-stars
- 2014: One 4-star
In six classes, that four 4-stars and a 5-star, almost an average of one per season. We’d take that from the Commonwealth over the next six years thank you very much. And considering (and this is just an educated guess on my part) Virginia is more fertile in terms of basketball recruits than Wisconsin, that bodes well for our chances. marquette also had nearby Chicago, but Tech has nearby DC which is very rich in talent, so that hopefully will be a wash.
Also, for comparison, here’s what the university of wisconsin hauled in from their home state over that six year span:
- 1 Five-Star
- 1 Four-Star
- 2 Three-Stars
- 1 Unranked
So Buzz clearly beat his in-state rivals on the recruiting front. Now it is time to eclipse Mr. Bennett (who obviously had ties to wisconsin from his father who was the head coach there in the late 90s, ironically enough).
Buzz has inked two players from the state of Virginia, so our territory won’t be completely foreign to him.
- 3-star Jamal Ferguson from Maury in Norfolk in 2012
- 3-star Davante Gardner from Kings Fork in Suffolk in 2010
Buzz was pulling in solid classes practically ever year at marquette. The most marquee recruit he inked was point guard Vander Blue, a 5-star recruit in the 2010 class (ranked #24 overall in that class). But it goes well beyond my boy Blue…
- 2009: Signed three 4-stars (out of 4 signed/6 verbals — other three players were 3-stars)
- 2010: Signed one 5-star (Vander Blue) and one 4-star (from the same school Justin Bibbs is at) (other three signees were 3-stars)
- 2011: Signed one 4-star (other two recruits were 3-stars)
- 2012: All three signees were 3-stars
- 2013: Signed four 4-stars out of five signees (other was a 3-star)
- 2014: Signed three 4-stars out of five (other two were 3-stars)
In six seasons, he got John Hancocks from:
- 1 FIVE-STAR
- 12 Four-Stars
- 14 Three-Stars
That’s an average of two 4-stars per year.
Average star ranking per recruit by year:
- 2009: 3.5
- 2010: 3.6
- 2011: 3.3
- 2012: 3.0
- 2013: 3.8
- 2014: 3.6
Like I said earlier, sign me up for those classes, I’ll take that over the next six years.