On Saturday morning we talked about a new Marquette men’s basketball scholarship offer for a great man in the class of 2021. Now we are going to talk about another great man in the class of 2021, one that Marquette is already. hip deep into recruiting. On Saturday afternoon, Jonas Aidoo announced his top 10 schools, and yes, of course, the Golden Eagles are in his top 10. They are joined there by Georgia, Houston, Kansas, Miami, North Carolina State, Providence, South. Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
Aidoo is listed by 247 Sports as a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center, although I must point out that Aidoo calls himself a 7-footer in his Twitter bio. He is currently ranked as a four star prospect in the 247 Composite and ranked No. 120 in the country. That makes him the # 20 center in the 2021 class and # 4 in North Carolina. While Aidoo is the No.20 center in the class, he is the 6th best prospect of an unenged center at this point in the recruiting cycle. He’s the top uncommitted prospect in North Carolina, with the top two guys heading to UNC and the # 3 guy hitting NC State.
It was a bit of a whirlwind recruiting trip for Marquette and Aidoo, as his scholarship offer from MU head coach Steve Wojciechowski did not arrive until early August of this year. Back then, Aidoo was completely unranked and unranked. He showed up in the 247 Composite at # 208 at the end of August and has jumped twice, first to # 160 and then to his current place at # 120 since then. Five of the nine Major Seven conference offers Aidoo had at the time had arrived since July 31, just days before Marquette’s offer was announced by the big man. We have to tip our hat to Aidoo for being able to sort things out in this uproar and figure out what his best options and / or personal preferences were.
We haven’t been to high school basketball season yet, so all we have for stats and other information from Aidoo is what was obtained in August. Here is what we said then:
It looks like Aidoo will be in Liberty Heights for the first time this fall. Max Preps has it at Voyager Academy in Durham, NC, last year. They show the team 22-7 with a 14-2 record in conference, but they only have six games of stats for Aidoo. It’s disappointing. He averages 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in these games, so that’s pretty good. It’s also worth noting that Max Preps says Aidoo was a senior at Voyager last year, so this year at Liberty Heights is apparently a year of post-graduate / college preparation for him. This probably helps explain why it’s not rated or ranked in the 2021 class at this point, as there are a number of upgrades going on there. Of course, this raises the question of why Aidoo was not recruited as a 2020 prospect compared to his status of “under the radar” as opposed to “project”.
Here are 2h30 of highlights published in early June of this year:
Let’s move on to the scholarship table, okay?
Marquette’s greatest need for the 2021 Class is a big man with Kameron Jones and Stevie Mitchell already on board. Theo John is expected to conclude his eligibility during the 2020-21 season and as such the Golden Eagles are in desperate need of someone who can be that rim protector presence. At 215 pounds, Aidoo is far from the physical presence that John is and has been for MU, but according to the climax clip, he looks to be a lot more mobile than John, especially with the ball. basketball in his hand. I don’t know if this is a compromise that you particularly like in your defensive anchor, but we’ll have to wait and see what Dawson Garcia and Justin Lewis are able to give Marquette as a rookie before we care too much. .