It’s a time-honored tradition: tipping off-season content from the Marquette men’s basketball team announcing uniform numbers for all the new guys who will be joining the roster for next season. There is no time like the present to start figuring out who’s wearing which number, after all. This is even more important this coming season, because there is eight newcomers to last season’s roster.
Heck, we even have one of the returning players changing numbers for next season, so let’s start there, okay?
With Symir Torrence leaving for Syracuse, it allowed Lewis to jump over the No.2 he wore in freshman last season. Lewis wearing the number # 10 means the number remains on the active roster for a sixth straight season after Sam Hauser wore it for three years before Torrence.
However, none of these guys are within earshot of Marquette’s best players to wear No.10. That honor clearly goes to Tony Miller, Marquette’s all-time leader in career assists, who l ‘wore from 1992 to 1995. Part of Miller’s easy victory here is due to the fact that he wore No.10 for several seasons. Cordell Henry and Travis Diener wore it for a year around the turn of the century. We also can’t ignore the four years of Juan Toscano-Anderson wearing No.10 for Marquette, although I don’t think anyone expected us to tell when JTA MU’s career ended in 2015. .
Okay, with this one out of the way, we’re now going in numerical order for the EIGHT guys who are new to the squad for 2021-22.
I don’t know what the problem is, but every person who wore number 1 for Marquette has played in the 21st century. Todd Townsend was the first in 2001-02, and Brendan Bailey was the most recent of the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Even with that little story attached to the number, Jones still has a long way to go, as number 1 has been worn for seven consecutive seasons. by Dominic James then Darius Johnson-Odom. You can flip a coin where one of these guys is the best golden eagle to ever wear number 1, although I think I would end up arguing on behalf of DJO if you forced me to pick sides.
The second number in the sequence is almost on the “21st Century only” bit as # 1, but James Blask (1933-35) broke the barrier first. It was not worn by a Marquette player until Odartey Blankson brought it out in 2000-01. Ellis picking it up after Lewis moved up to No.10 means No.2 will be used for an eighth consecutive season after John Dawson and Sacar Anim wore it before Lewis. Heck, if Vander Blue hadn’t moved up to # 13 for his last year at MU, # 2 would be an active number on the list since Maurice Acker picked him in 2007. I think we have to go with Blue’s. the best MU player to carry the number, although Acker and Anim both had pretty solid runs with it.
I don’t know what it was with the # 1 and # 2 that made them go unused in the 20th century, but the same can’t be said for # 4. Gene Berce wasn’t the first, it goes to Robert Meyers in 1943, but Berce established himself early on as the best guy in MU to wear it. Berce was the first Marquette player to score 1,000 points in a career, and he was also the first MU player to be selected in a professional basketball draft. Hogweed’s claim as the best No.4 lasted at least until Cordell Henry wore the number from 2000 to 2002. I guess you could argue that Theo John, the most recent No.4, is the best. Marquette player to have never worn the number as John wrapped up his four years at MU with the second blocked shots in program history. The only problem, of course, is that the NCAA had actually only been following blocks since the mid-1980s, so who knows if Don Kojis or anyone else was really good at it. I have to say that Pennsylvania New Player of the Year Gatorade has a chance to etch his name among those MU all-time greats as the best player to wear No.4 at the end of his career.
There is a long list of players who have worn # 12 for Marquette over the years. Allie McGuire probably became the best guy to wear the number when he had it between 1970 and 1973, but the 1-2 punch from Robb Logterman (90-94) and Aaron Hutchins (94-98) took the crown. by McGuire. Dwight Burke was a very good No.12 at the start of the 21st century, and the last seven years of Derrick Wilson and Matt Heldt will hold pride of place in the hearts of many Marquette fans for a long time to come. Dexter Akanno’s transfer to Oregon state is what opened the uni for Prosper to grab him instead of the No.10 he wore to Clemson.
Nothing against Kolek, but if he ends up being the obvious best player to ever wear number 22 for Marquette, we’re all going to be very excited about how the next three seasons unfold. Jim Chones established the ‘best man to wear’ baseline from 1970 to 1972, and Lloyd Walton did his best to try and live up to 1973-76. Brian Wardle tried it from 1997-01, but it wasn’t until Jerel McNeal succeeded between 2005-2009 that Chones had a real contender. McNeal ended up breaking George Thompson’s all-time points record in 2009, and given that freshmen were allowed to play from just four years old after Thompson set the three-year record, it means something. McNeal has since been passed in scoring by Markus Howard, but none of the five Golden Eagles who have worn the No.22 since have come close to landing among the legends that came before them. Screams at Trent Lockett, however.
Bob Walczak was Marquette’s very first number 23 in 1955, and Jim Boylan wore him to the 1977 champion squad. Still, I think the first MU guy to make a major impact with numbers was Michael Wilson. from 1978 to 1981 when he set MU’s all-time record with 272 in his career, although he wore No.10 as a senior. Wilson held the title as the # 23 best until Wesley Matthews took it from him in 2005-09, although I guess you could argue that Matthews’ career in the NBA feels more like he’s got it. title that Wesley’s time at Marquette actually does. . Either way, Matthews’ six-year run followed by Dwight Buycks ââas # 23 on the list is definitely the high point of the number. It has been actively used at Marquette since it was picked up by Jake Thomas in 2014, followed by Jajuan Johnson for three years, then four years by Jamal Cain.
Given that Kuath is a COVID-bonus senior year, he has virtually no chance of toppling Damon Key (1990-94) as the best Marquette player to ever wear the number. Kuath could have a pretty good year for the Golden Eagles, especially since MU seems to need some big minutes from him in the middle, but he doesn’t beat a guy who is No.13 all-time and No.11. all the time. to bounce back in one season.
Still, Kuath deserves credit for being the first guy to wear the number since Marcus Jackson got him in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. It’s a pretty short story of the # 35s in MU history with Eric. Schnepp being the first in 1950-52 and only nine guys who wore it after him.
The first thing to remember about # 40 is that Luke Fischer is do not the most recent Marquette player to put it on. That honor goes to Tommy Gardiner, who has had it in each of the past three seasons. Fischer (2014-17) was the first No.40 since Mike Kinsella entered from 2004-2007, which ended an eight-year tenure on the roster.
Richard Peterson was MU’s very first No. 40 in 1947, and Jim Dudley wore it in 1977 when MU won the NCAA Championship. The first name I immediately recognize in the list of 14 gentlemen who wore # 40 for Marquette is Faisal Abraham, and we can’t wrap up without also mentioning Guy Terry Sanders, the noted Final Four team. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the door is open for Itejere to become the best No.40 in Marquette history, although Fischer’s 1,014 points and 507 rebounds in just 2.5 seasons is a pretty solid candidate.