May 27, 2008

Madison-Memorial star replacing another in '09

Category: Golden Eagles — Patrick Stumpf @ 9:27 pm

Even though the Buzz Williams-era in Milwaukee is just beginning, it didn’t take long for the newest Marquette head coach to reel in his first big recruit, junior forward Jeronne Maymon, who ranks as the nation’s 58th best player in the 2009 class according to Scout.com. The Madison Memorial big-man announced his intentions today, choosing MU over USC, Tennessee and Providence, among others. Maymon will become the second player Marquette has plucked from Steve Collins’ Spartans in the past three years, the other being Wisconsin’s “Mr. Basketball” in 2005, Wesley Matthews, and is the second cornerstone recruit of Williams’ 2009 class, joining Erik Williams, a 6’7 forward at Cypress Hill High in Texas. I haven’t seen much of Maymon, but of the very little I did see, about 2 1/2 quarters worth, I was thoroughly impressed. Trekking down to Madison for the annual WBCA Christmas Tournament held in the UW-Fieldhouse, which my Xavier Hawks were fortunate to play in, I was able to catch Maymon light up non-conference foe Wisconsin Rapids for 27 points in their game, a game where he may have scored 40 had he not sat on the bench the 4th quarter. I just can’t believe this guy’s my age. As long as he can get his grades up Marquette got a really good player, and from what I hear, the school’s got excellent tutors.

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