Posted tagged ‘Buzz Williams’

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…

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 6th 2012

March 9, 2012

CBS 58 Sports Intern Donnie Dwyer covers Badgers and Marquette through their tournament runs. The Packers and their decision to not franchise tag Matt Flynn and of course baseball season is right around the corner. Get it all at CBS 58 at 8pm for “Brewers 2012 Making Another Run”

#7 Marquette beats #12 Georgetown 83-69 on Senior Day

March 4, 2012

Donnie Dwyer reports from the Bradley Center on Marquette’s Senior Day as the fans say Goodbye to Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson Odom…

Marquette Athletic Director Steve Cottingham quits

July 6, 2011

Via ESPN:

Marquette athletic director Steve Cottingham resigned Thursday, parting ways with a program facing scrutiny for recent legal issues.

Cottingham was named the school’s interim athletic director in January 2007 and took the role on a permanent basis a year later. He oversaw a tumultuous transition after men’s basketball coach Tom Crean left for Indiana, and successor Buzz Williams has kept up the program’s winning ways on the court.

But Marquette recently has been criticized for the way it handled sexual assault allegations against unidentified athletes.

“Although recent events involving a few student-athletes have certainly been a disappointment to me, I leave Marquette with positive feelings and confidence in its future,” Cottingham wrote in a letter to Marquette President Robert Wild.

Prosecutors decided in May not to charge the athletes involved in the alleged assaults. District Attorney John Chisholm said at the time that investigations into two separate alleged assaults were impeded because Marquette’s public safety department didn’t tell authorities.

Instead, it advised students of options available, including reporting the allegations to the police department.

Marquette’s Dean of Students, Dr. Stephanie Quade, said at the time that the school was “not proud” of the incidents or the way they were handled. She said the school had changed protocol to notify police immediately.

“We have had meetings with Marquette University and its public safety department in order to ensure such a lapse between the reporting of a crime and its investigation never occurs again,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn said in a statement at the time. “Marquette University has pledged to do better. We will hold them to their word.”

Neither the school or law enforcement has identified the athletes.

Cottingham oversaw expansion of the school’s athletic programs, including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse beginning in 2012, and a drive to boost Marquette’s athletic scholarship fund.

He recently gave Williams a contract extension, fending off interest from rival schools after the Golden Eagles’ surprise run to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Deputy athletic director Mike Broeker will be the acting athletic director pending a permanent replacement.

…This is a sad story because when I used to be around Steve in the press room he was super nice guy and knew what it meant to be an athletic director. He also knew what it meant to be a Golden Eagle at Marquette. Steve went to almost every single athletic event and supported all the athletics regardless of their prestige. I just remember seeing him at the women’s volleyball game when they weren’t that good my freshman year and he was in the stands cheering them on. I think with the hirings of Buzz Williams, Bond Shamansky, and the new lacrosse coaches, Steve left Marquette in good hands and did what was best for the school. He came in with a lot to do and he left with great success…

Zagsblog: Buzz Williams gets new 7 year contract to stay at Marquette

April 6, 2011

Via Zagsblog:

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.

“I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey,” Williams said.

“Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it’s the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have,” Williams added. “I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today.”

Since taking over, Williams has led Marquette to three straight NCAA tournaments, is 69-37 overall and 32-22 in Big East play.

This is great news for Marquette Golden Eagles fans all around the nation. They needed to lock Buzz up because he could have went and succeeded at Oklahoma, NC State, or any other school. However, he decided to stay and wait for a deal and he received the big bucks. While he is going to make the big bucks, he has transformed this program from the Tom Crean era. What he has done since he took over the big three is tremendous. He has brought in great kids, great work ethic, and great attitude to lead them to the sweet sixteen this season. I have talked to Buzz a lot over my three years here and what I really appreciate is his honesty and passion for the game of basketball. He treats these kids like they are his children rather than just players who go to play basketball with him. He transforms them from basketball players to fathers and men of honor. That is why he was locked up for a while and that’s why I see great things for Marquette in the future…