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Marquette Ready To Continue Illinois Recruiting Feast With NCAA Run

Chicago Hoops
March 28, 2003

The Marquette Golden Eagles, now one win away from the Final Four, should be in an even better position to continue their recruiting feast in the state of Illinois.

Illinois is prime recruiting territory for Marquette, and head coach Tom Crean. Star shooting guard Dwyane Wade, sophomore forward Todd Townsend and freshman shooting guard Joe Chapman all hail from the state of Illinois. Next year, Dameon Mason, one of the top Class of 2003 prospects in Illinois, is set to join the Golden Eagles.

Marquette is currently involved with a number of elite Illinois Class of 2004 prospects. The list includes 6-8 power forward Shaun Pruitt (West Aurora), 6-4 point guard Justin Cerasoli (West Aurora), 6-6 small forward DeAaron Williams (Bartonville-Limestone) and 6-7 power forward Ollie Bailey (Chicago Farragut).

The bright lights and national television exposure of being one of the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA Tournament, will do nothing but further enhance Marquette on the recruiting trail.

Marquette’s recruiting position is strengthened even further with the Illinois Fighting Illini busy on the 2004 recruiting trail courting Shaun Livingston and Kalen Grimes. Other than Pruitt, Illinois is paying little attention to Marquette’s other targets.

Julian Wright, the top Class of 2005 prospect in the state of Illinois, is also likely to pop up on the Marquette recruiting screen. He hails from the SICA East Conference, the same conference that sent Joe Chapman to Marquette.