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HOUSTON -- Markus Howard, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Findlay Prep, announced he will reclass to the Class of 2016 from 2017 and head to Marquette next season.

Howard, a four-star point guard, also considered Arizona State, Baylor and Central Arkansas, where his brother Jordan averaged 20 points per game as a sophomore this season.

"I choose to play basketball at Marquette University," he announced on this video below. "Come fly with me."

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Marquette on Sunday landed two players.

Andrew Rowsey, a 5-foot-10 sophomore point guard from UNC-Asheville, announced his transfer from Marquette. One of the leading scorers in the Big South Conference, he?averaged 19.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season.

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NEW YORK -- Marquette's season ended here Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden as top-seeded Villanova banged 17 3-pointers?en route to an 84-49 blowout in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.

But the future is bright for coach?Steve Wojciechowski and the Golden Eagles.

Marquette will lose seniors?Juan Anderson,?Matt Carlino?and Derrick Wilson but has the No. 9 recruiting class for 2015 according to ESPN.com.

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Traci Carter?is?off the board to Marquette.

The 6-foot?point guard from?Burlington (N.J.) Life Center?committed to the Golden Eagles on Tuesday following an official visit to the school this past weekend.

Carter also considered Xavier, La Salle, UConn and Memphis. He visited Xavier a week ago, and had set tentative visits for UConn and Memphis later in March.

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Henry Ellenson, the 6-foot-10 Rice Lake (WI) power forward, has committed to Marquette following his recent visit to the Big East school, according to ESPN's Reggie Rankin.

Ranked the No. 4 power forward in the Class of 2015 by the 247Sports Composite ranking, Ellenson is the highest-ranked prep player to commit to Marquette since Doc Rivers, according to Mark Miller.

"I felt Marquette was a place where I could make an immediate impact," he told Rankin. "I feel that I will have an opportunity to play multiple positions and show my versatility. Also, I was the most comfortable with the coaching staff and a chance to play with my brother was something that was always big to me."

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Henry Ellenson, the 6-foot-10 Rice Lake (WI) power forward, enjoyed his recent visit to Marquette, and they remain the overwhelming favorite to land him, according to sources and the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which has 77 percent of analysts picking the Golden Eagles.

"?It was good," Ellenson told Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It was just nice to go down and visit campus. I?d been there before. But just go on my own and just talk to the coaches and see the blueprint they have for me. It was good.?

Wally Ellenson, a junior guard and Henry's older brother, is on the Marquette roster after transferring from Minnesota.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

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By MATT JESSEN-HOWARD

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Nick Noskowiak, a 6-foot-2 point guard from 2015 Sun Prairie (WI)/Playground Elite, committed to Marquette during the spring of his sophomore year, before Marquette even had a player committed from the 2014 class.

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NEW YORK -- After decommitting from Marquette in the wake of the coaching change, Marial Shayok is considering several options going forward.

"I'm still considering Marquette, still trying to see how I feel about the new coach. Virginia, Indiana and I'm getting some interest from Florida and Michigan," the 6-foot-7 Shayok told SNY.tv after going for 12 points as the Away team lost to the Home team, 102-99, in the Jordan Regional Game at Barclays Center.

Shayok, out of Blair (N.J.) Academy and the CIA Bounce AAU outfit, has no visits planned, but hopes to decide soon. The late signing period runs April 16-May 21.

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Blair Academy wing?Marial Shayok?has received his release from?Marquette and holds offers from several schools.

The 6-foot-6 Canadian wing received an offer from Indiana on Thursday, Blair coach Joe Mantegna Tweeted.

Shayok also holds offers from Rutgers, Virginia, Michigan and Marquette, Mantegna told SNY.tv. But Makur Shayok, Marial's father, told SNY.tv that no schools had reached out directly to him or his son.

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Marquette has hired Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski as its new basketball coach.

Coach Wojo?has worked with?Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for 19 years,?including 15 as an assistant.

He is?the second high-profile Coach K assistant to leave in the last two years, following Chris Collins, who took the Northwestern job.

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Shaka Smart turned down an offer to be the next coach at Marquette, according to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.com.

This despite the fact that TV reports in Milwaukee had Smart as a done deal to Marquette to replace Buzz Williams just a couple days ago.

Williams reportedly took a big pay cut to leave Marquette for Virginia Tech last week.

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Satchel Pierce, a 7-foot center from the Kiski (Pa.) School, completed Friday's whirlwind recruiting day by picking Marquette over Miami and Pittsburgh.

"He's improved a lot in the last year," longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. "He's more of a halfcourt center. He's not that mobile, but he has good hands, good skills."

Pierce joins shooting guards Ahmed Hill and Sandy Cohen and small forwards Marial Shayok and Malek Harris?in Marquette's 2014 class.

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Blair Academy wing?Marial Shayok?is headed to Marquette.

The 6-foot-6 Canadian wing also considered Providence and Virginia but announced for the Golden Eagles Thursday night on Twitter.

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Ahmed Hill has committed to Marquette following his weekend visit for MIdnight Madness.

"Thanks to all the fans an coaches that have supported me through this process it's been a great run, but I have committed to Marquette!!," he Tweeted.

Hill?is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas who also considered MIssouri. He cancelled a visit to Indiana.

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Marquette has a big recruiting weekend as they host a trio of 2014 recruits in Marial Shayok, Ahmed Hill and?Tory Miller?for Midnight Madness.

The?the 6-foot-6 Shayok out of Blair (N.J.) Academy has already visited Virginia and Providence, and could decide next week, Blair coach Joe Mantegna told SNY.tv.

As for Marquette, Shayok told SNY.tv last month:??[Coach?Buzz Williams] was telling me more about the opportunity of coming to Marquette and how it could possibly make me a pro since they?ve gotten players not even in the top 100 to the NBA. Eight I believe and that played at my position, so he was saying I could possibly be the ninth one, so that was good.?

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Buzz Williams was one of several coaches on hand Friday for the Brayden Carr Coaches' Clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson University, but he chose to honor Brayden in his own special way.

The Marquette coach made up his own shirt with pictures of Brayden on it and wore it during his portion of the clinic.

"We didn't know he had it on when he took his sweat top off today and when we saw it it was really touching," Jimmy Carr told SNY.tv. "My wife and I really appreciate all Buzz is doing. He was great, he spent a lot of time with a lot of people. And that shirt meant the world to us, the extra thought that he gave into the clinic."

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Marquette junior point guard Vander Blue is not on the DraftExpress.com 2013 Mock Draft and he's not listed among the Top 100 prospects on the site, either.

But that hasn't stopped the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Blue from delcaring for the NBA Draft.

"I've had three great years here and appreciate everything Marquette has done for me during that time to help me develop," Blue said. "At this point I want to pursue my dream. I've prayed about it and discussed it with my family and think this is the right decision for me at this time.

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Buzz Williams is on the brink of joining some elite company.

The 40-year old Greenville, Tex., native is one win away from joining some legends of the profession who have all been to a Final Four.

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NEW YORK -- Saturday was quite a day for Steve Novak and his alma mater at Madison Square Garden.

Hours after coach Buzz Williams and Marquette stunned St. John's, 69-67, in overtime on an acrobatic, last-second driving layup by Vander Blue, Novak scored a season-high 20 points to help the Knicks crush the Utah Jazz, 113-84.

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Marquette sophomore guard Todd Mayo has been declared academically ineligible.

Coach Buzz Williams announced Monday that Mayo is unable to practice or play indefinitely.

"Todd understands success in our program requires a sincere commitment to excellence on and off the floor. I'm extremely disappointed he's put himself in this position, but he has the full support of our program as he works to improve," said Williams.

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JaJuan Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 188-pound shooting guard from Memphis Southwind, verbally pledged to Marquette on Friday.

Johnson chose coach Buzz Williams's club over Alabama and Miami.

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JaJuan Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 188-pound shooting guard from Memphis Southwind, enjoyed his weekend visit to Marquette and is now weighing his next move.

Johnson may or may not visit UConn next, and also holds offers from Alabama and Miami.

"It went good," Johnson, the Rivals No. 20 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, told SNY.tv of his visit to Marquette for Midnight Madness. "They showed me around. They told me what position I was going to play and what I could bring to the team."

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Memphis Southwind guard JaJuan Johnson cancelled his weekend visit to Texas and now looks ahead to visiting Marquette this coming weekend.

"The Texas staff and I decided that it was best thing for me and the program," the 6-foot-5 Johnson told ESPN.com.

"It was mutual, kind of a mutual thing," Southwind coach Paul Edwards told SNY.tv.

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NEW YORK -- Marquette has now entered the post-Jae Crowder/Darius Johnson-Odom Era, but don't bet against Buzz Williams's team.

The Marquette coach says his team may have no "great" players like the aforementioned duo currently in the NBA, but does have a whole lot of "good" ones.

"Those guys that are returning are going to have to be more than they've ever been in their career," Williams, whose team is ranked No. 15 in the Sheridan Hoops Preseason Top 25, said here last week.

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(AP) -- Marquette coach?Buzz Williams?fired assistant Scott Monarch on Friday, and Williams will serve a one-game suspension as part of the school's self-imposed sanctions for recruiting rules violations it reported to the?NCAA.

The school said Monarch gave team-issued apparel and provided transportation to an unnamed recruit, then was "found to have been untruthful with department administrators on multiple occasions" after the violations were discovered.

"When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends," Williams said in a statement. "I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire university. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition."

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When college coaches were allowed to begin texting high school recruits last Friday at midnight, Kendrick Nunn said he heard from several schools.

But Marquette came first.

The 6-foot-2 Chicago Simeon shooting guard told SNY.tv he was also contacted by Memphis, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Texas A&M and Florida, and he said North Carolina reached out to his father.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Darius Johnson-Odom says he knows what the Knicks need.

The former Marquette star worked out for the team on Thursday and said he was more concerned with bringing intensity on the defensive end than with showing his offensive skills to head coach Mike Woodson and company.

"I?know what the Knicks need so I came with a defensive mindset," DJO told SNY.tv. "With Iman [Shumpert] being out, with Baron [Davis] being out, with them being low on guards, I know if can just get in and play hard for six or seven minutes defensive-wise then that's all I need to do."

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Arizona State transfer Trent Lockett is headed to Marquette.

The 6-foot-5 guard will be eligible right away and has one year of eligibility remaining.

"I've been a sundevil since 16. I love and appreciate the people and experience at ASU. Saying that, I am excited to finish my last yr at MU!" he Tweeted.

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LOUISVILLE,??Ky. -- When Jae Crowder pulled up for a 3-pointer in transition with his team holding a 3-point lead late in its NCAA Tournament game against Murray State, he didn't have a great track record from deep.

In fact, the Big East Player of the Year had made just 3 of his previous 19 from beyond the arc at that point.

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LOUISVILLE, ?Ky.?-- Marquette coach Buzz Williams knows he's in for an extremely hostile environment Saturday when his team faces Murray State, a Kentucky school playing in the state of Kentucky that is expecting to have an arena full of local fans.

"It's been a long time since I've played an NCAA Tournament game on the road," Williams cracked after the No. 3 Golden Eagles destroyed No. 14 BYU, 88-68, in a West Regional game at the KFC Yum! Center. "But we'll figure out how to do that between now and Saturday."

Marquette got huge games from Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder, who tallied 25 points and 16 rebounds, Darius Johnson-Odom (20 points) and Davante Gardner (15 points, 6 rebounds).

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If you believe everything you read these days, Jeremy Lin is single-handedly responsible for the Knicks' modest three-game winning streak.

And Steve Novak will be the first to give Linsanity its just due.

"Everyone's been able to see how valuable [he is], the way he gets in the paint on offense and finds guys, how valuable that is," Novak, whose team meets Kobe Bryant and the Lakers tonight at Madison Square Garden, said earlier this week at the Knicks training facility.

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NEW YORK -- Buzz Williams?has helped build a national powerhouse at?Marquette in part by recruiting junior college players who slip under the radar.

Current stars Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder are both junior college products excelling for the No. 11 Golden Eagles (8-0).

With both players set to graduate this year, the next junior college star in the making at Marquette could be T.J. Taylor, a?6-4, 215-pound guard who will have three years of eligibility remaining after he arrives from Paris Junior College in Texas.

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NEW YORK -- Maybe it is Jae Crowder's hair.

Maybe it is Marquette's history of success with junior college players.

Maybe it is coach Buzz Williams' own background as a JUCO coach.

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Deonte Burton, a 6-foot-4, 236-pound small forward originally from Milwaukee, verbally pledged to Marquette Friday.

"I picked Marquette because it felt like the perfect place for me and as soon as I stepped foot on campus, I felt Marquette was the place for me," Burton said by text. "Then Buzz [Williams] is the perfect coach for me and I feel he will push me to limits I didn't know was possible."

Now at Brewster (N.H.) Academy, Burton is the Rivals No. 8 small forward in the Class of 2013.

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Marquette coach Buzz Williams has signed a seven-year rollover contract extension at $2 million annually.

"The new agreement is an acknowledgement of Buzz's standing as one of the rising stars in collegiate coaching," Marquette AD Steve Cottingham said. "The current direction of the program under his leadership fits perfectly into the mission and values of the University. Buzz has done a tremendous job guiding the program to successes both on and off the court and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come."

The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of Williams' first three seasons, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010-11. Marquette is 69-37 (.651) overall during his tenure and 32-22 (.593) in Big East Conference competition.

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In response to multiple reports that Georgia Tech has offered Dayton's Brian Gregory the head coaching job, the school has issued a statement.

Georgia Tech associate AD Wayne Hogan said:

The search for the next men?s basketball coach at Georgia Tech has not concluded and is still ongoing, contrary to a number of published internet reports on Friday. As is our policy, we do not comment on ongoing searches. However, due to these erroneous reports we felt compelled to clarify the status of the search process.

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NEWARK -- It's never a good idea to ask a coach after an NCAA Tournament loss if he plans on leaving for another job.

It's certainly never a good idea to ask him publicly. You know, in a room full of reporters. When he's in front of a microphone.

At least not if you want a shred of truth in the answer.

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One day after being offered by West Virginia, Notre Dame Prep guard Todd Mayo has chosen another Big East school.

"I'm committing to Marquette," he said by text.

The 6-foot-4 Mayo also considered Central Florida, Memphis, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

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Todd Mayo, the 6-foot-4 uncommitted senior combo guard from Notre Dame Prep, has returned from his weekend official visit to Marquette.

"He enjoyed the visit," Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd said.

"He'd like to take a couple days to process it and then decide if he wants to take one more to compare."
Mayo, who wasn't immediately available for comment, has already taken unofficials to Providence and Memphis, but Marquette appears the most serious option at this point.

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Jamal Ferguson, the No. 14 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals, has verbally pledged to Marquette.

"Marquette and Georgetown, those were his two options," said Jermaine Woods, the assistant coach at Norfolk (Va.) Maury High where Ferguson plays.

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NEW YORK -- It isn't exactly The Beatles playing Shea Stadium, but Duke and Gonzaga will draw a crowd Monday in Kansas City.

Some 43 NBA scouts have requested credentials for the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Championship Round to see players like Duke's Kyrie Irving and Kyle Singler and Gonzaga's Steven Gray.

"Forty-three is a lot," said Ray Cella of the Gazelle Group, which is putting on the event Monday and Tuesday. "Obviously, when you get quality teams coming to one place everybody wants to come out."

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Derrick Wilson, a a 6-foot-1 guard from Anchorage, AK, has verbally committed to Marquette over Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and DePaul.

"When I went to my official to Marquette I fell in love with? everything about it," Wilson said by text. "The coaches and players are all great people. I like what they had to offer academically and I feel I can really contribute to the basketball program."

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Rodney Hood, the No. 7 small forward in the Class of 2011, will announce on Wednesday at noon CST, according to Meridian High (Miss.) coach Randy Bolden.

Bolden said Hood will choose from among Florida State, Mississippi State, Louisville, Marquette and Alabama.

"At this point it's pretty much him doing some soul-searching deciding what he wants to do," Bolden said.

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His name is God's Gift and according to his coach, he might just be that for some college program.

God?s Gift Achiuwa is a 6-foot-8 power forward originally from Nigeria who competes at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. His father is a minister in his home country and gave him the unusual name.

He is being recruited by Ohio State, Cincinnati, St. John's, N.C. State, Marquette, Hawaii and Niagara, according to Erie coach Alex Nwora.

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**UPDATED**

So two minutes after I posted the D'Angelo Harrison blog, Terrell Henderson of the Franchize All-Stars called me back.

He confirmed that four schools are still in the mix for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Dulles (Texas) Fort Bend: Baylor, Marquette, Oklahoma State and St. John's.

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D'Angelo Harrison, a four-star combo guard from Fort Bend (Texas) Dulles, is focusing on five schools at this point.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Harrison listed Texas A&M, Marquette, Baylor, Oklahoma State and St. John's.

Harrison will visit St. John's unofficially Aug. 30 after attending a Five-Star Camp in the New York area.

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