If you are a Marquette Golden Eagles fan, you were probably very disappointed when Vander Blue declared for the NBA draft. Although him leaving really does hurt the team, the Golden Eagles will still compete in the 2013-14 college basketball season. Not to mention, they will have a solid frontcourt.
The most notable players up front will be Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson. Both will be returning and both were in the top three in scoring on Marquette this past season. Chris Otule will also be returning and the 6’11” big man managed to average 5.1 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in under 20 minutes per game on average.
Gardner averaged 11.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game, while Wilson put up 9.7 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. Both players will have to step up their games even more, but both are very capable of leading this team.
Incoming freshman Deonte Burton is listed as a small forward, despite the fact that he is also listed at 6’4”. Still, he is a very highly rated recruit and an instant impact for this team is likely.
Jameel McKay is another forward joining the team. He is a JUCO player and he very well could make an instant impact as well.
No matter how you look at it, Marquette has some very experienced frontcourt players returning and two talented players joining. Luckily, these are not the only players on the team that can make an impact.
Gardner and Wilson alone help make up a solid frontcourt. With the addition of others and the emergence of some, the Golden Eagles will have a great frontcourt in the 2013-14 season.
Vander Blue or not, this is still easily an NCAA tournament team.