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Marquette hoops freshman PG Duane Wilson to redshirt this season

December 27, 2013
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(AP) – Marquette freshman and key point guard recruit Duane Wilson will redshirt this season because of a left leg injury.

Wilson missed most of the preseason after sustaining a stress fracture in mid-October. Marquette announced the move Friday and said Wilson only recently returned to practice on a limited basis.

The Golden Eagles (7-5) play their final nonconference game Saturday against Samford before opening in the new-look Big East on Tuesday at Creighton.

This is a very smart decision for the young point guard. You never want to put a player in danger of hurting themselves again or causing injury to another part of their body. It will be nice for Duane to learn Marquette’s system and have his cousin, Jamil Wilson, a senior forward on the team carry him under his wing. I expect the future back court of JaJuan Johnson and Wilson to be a dominant force for the future of the program. And I also look at this like the case of Junior Cadougan who decided to play his freshman year rather than sit out the entire season. If Junior would have sat, he would have been the starting point guard for this Marquette team and who knows where they would be right now with #5 running the point. So take a big sigh of relief Marquette fans and understand that Wilson will make the Golden Eagles better next season rather than pushing him right now…

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Fordham Basketbal falls to St. John’s 104-58 in Holiday Festival 2013

December 8, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer went to Madison Square Garden for the 2013 Holiday Festival. Mandell Thomas led the Rams with 15 points but it was St. John’s shooting that stole the show as the Red Storm shot 66 percent in the 104-58 win. Fordham has not beaten St. John’s in the Garden since 2000.

2013 Marquette Golden Eagles Big East Regular Season Champs and Elite Eight Ring

August 20, 2013

From Marquette Basketball Facebook page:

1185112_316410048502629_1923003789_nThat ring is BEAUTIFUL!! My college ring is nice, my high school ring is nice, but it does not compare to this amazing piece of jewelry! Marquette put a lot of hard work and effort into their season title this past season and their run to the Elite Eight should not go unnoticed. They pulled off a huge upset against Miami in the Sweet Sixteen. Anyone who doubts Buzz Williams and Marquette’s players should he ashamed of themselves because they are one of the hardest working teams in the country. I expect the Golden Eagles to be back in the NCAA tournament and they certainly have the capability of bringing home another regular season title in the brand new Big East. I know Marquette is going to spread their wings and fly to a good start early in the season. Remember, always bleed gold and blue…

Former Marquette standout Dwight Buycks signs NBA Deal with the Toronto Raptors

July 12, 2013

Good news coming out of the NBA Summer League in Orlando for Marquette Basketball fans.

According to Darnell Mayberry, the Toronto Raptors offered their backup point guard duties to Dwight Buycks, who more than happily accepted:

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Undrafted out of Marquette in 2011, Buycks was voted as the top AAU player in Wisconsin during his senior season in high school. He then attended junior college at Indian Hills before coming to Milwaukee in 2009.

After his playing days as a Golden Eagle, Buycks has played in the NBDL along with the French and Belgium leagues. He was named to the D-League’s all first rookie team.

Currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer League for the second straight year, the six foot three combo guard is scheduled to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

In 2012, Buycks averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals on 49.7 percent shooting during his stint in the D-League.

After watching Dwight Buycks during my time at Marquette I knew that he had the potential to get the call from an NBA Team. I didn’t think he was Welsey Matthews or Jimmy Butler good, but I knew with time and a lot of work he would get a call. What stands out about his play is the tough man to man defense, deep shooting range, and non-stop effort. Going under new leadership and a new regime in Toronto, I think backing up Kyle Lowry will be a good thing for him and he can grow as a ball handler and a passer. I love seeing more Golden Eagles in the NBA and you can now add Mr. Buycks to the list in 2013…

Marquette’s DJO is perfect fit for “defensive” New York Knicks

May 25, 2012

Via Zagsblog:

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.”

A natural two guard, DJO averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for a Marquette team went 27-8 overall, 14-4 in the Big East and lost to Florida in the Sweet 16.

With Shumpert sidelined until December or January with a torn ACL, DJO is hoping the Knicks might use their No. 48 pick on him with the idea that he might be a similar kind of physical, defensive-stopper on the wing. DraftExpress.com calls him the No. 47 prospect in the Top 100 this year.

The Knicks enjoyed great success this season with another Marquette product when Steve Novak led the NBA in 3-point efficiency. Still another Marquette product, Dwyane Wade, went off for 41 points when the Miami Heat ousted the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their series Thursday night.

The Knicks have auditioned a slew of point guards this week, including Tu Holloway (Xavier), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Scott Machado (Iona).

“[Shumpert] is a little bit taller than me,” said the 6-2 DJO. “I think we do have athletic ability, the effort he plays on defense. That’s all I can give you.

“I can give you a couple points here but whatever I have to do to help the team  that’s what I’m wiling to do. I feel like defense is something that the Knicks will need here with Iman being out.”

DJO has already worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers and at the Nets free-agent combine and still plans to attend the Minnesota Timberwolves combine, a workout with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Pre-Draft combine before other individual workouts.

DJO remains in constant touch with Marquette coach Buzz Williams for support.

“He always texts me, ‘Did you guard anybody today?’” DJO said. “And I always tell him, ‘Just a little bit,’ knowing I did a little bit better than ‘just a little bit.’ That’s one of the things coach Buzz is always pushing me to be, a defensive player with my athletic ability and my strength and my speed. I should be a top defensive player.”

Knowing DJO for three years I have to say this guy has been a sleeper his whole life. I remember when he got hurt when he got to campus and had to sit out Marquette madness and a few games. Then when he arrived, he brought the madness to campus. This guy is a complete player and if you need a defensive stop or a big shot, put the ball in #1 hands. He also is a perfect teammate. When I interviewed him, all he cared about was winning and only wanted to get better each game. That would be a coaches dream! As a Knicks fan, I would be praying for Darius to get drafted by this team. Not only could he play point but he can hit shots and get to the basket and take it to the rack with authority. The Knicks have been missing that over the past few years and if they want to hit it big with a draft pick, take the tough-minded and clutch Darius Johnson-Odom with that #48 pick…

Marquette’s Buzz Williams isn’t going anywhere

March 29, 2012

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Via GoMarquette.com:

“I want to thank all of our fans, alumni, students and administration who provided incredible support throughout our second consecutive Sweet 16 run,” Williams said. “We are already looking forward to next season with a core group of returning players, while welcoming new recruits into the Marquette family. I am excited to build on our past success and we will continue to work to be the absolute best we can be. The future remains bright for our program, and our institution.”

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Buzz has shown commitment to Marquette since day 1. SMU will go to the Big East next year and he was going to get 2 million dollars more than his current contract but the key is that SMU has not been a winning program. He would need to rebuild from the beginning and would have to give up on the growth of Cadougan, Blue, Mayo, and Gardner.  Buzz represents Marquette in the best light and brings in better kids. Over the past few years we have seen likes of JUCO players from Butler, Crowder, and DJO. Now it’s time to make a name for himself and continue winning. Two sweet sixteen’s in two straight years = I WANT YOU! That is what happened around the coaching carousel and Buzz Williams does not want to be apart of it…

Donnie Dwyer CBS Sports Broadcast March 5th 2012

March 9, 2012

CBS 58 sports intern covers everything Badgers, Packers, and Marquette on a Sunday night broadcast. Also a little Brewers baseball and the new special “2012 Making another Run” which airs in March on CBS 58.