2013 Recruiting Class Preview: Duane Wilson

Marquette’s 2013 recruiting class has the potential to be its best in years. Three consensus top-100 high school players, as well as another four-star and a three-star recruit, make up the verbal commitments joining the Golden Eagles next fall. 

Scout.com ranks the group seventh  in the nation, and other national media outlets Rivals.com (7th), ESPN.com (9th), FoxSports.com (9th) and CBSSports.com (10th) all place Marquette’s 2013 class in the top 10. Read Trey Killian’s profiles of the rest of the recruits here.

Duane Wilson is one of three nationally ranked players in the 2013 men’s basketball recruiting class, coming in at 55th on the ESPN 100, 51st on Rivals.com’s Top 100, 69th on FoxSports.com’s list and 71st on Scout.com’s list.

ESPN ranks the 6-foot-2 Milwaukee native as the nation’s 13th best point guard and the state of Wisconsin’s third best player overall behind Iowa State commit Matt Thomas and fellow Marquette commit Deonte Burton.

In his senior season at Whitefish Bay Dominican high school, Wilson scored an impressive 23.8 points per game while dishing 4.7 assists and grabbing 4.5 rebounds per game. His accuracy stands out as well, as he shot 61 percent from the field and 55 percent from three-point range.

Former Dominican coach Paul Wollersheim described Wilson as a solid defender to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier this month.

“Duane brings the whole package together as far as being able to score in transition, score in the half-court, get to the basket (and) defend,” Wollersheim said.

Wilson signed a national letter of intent with Marquette last March after receiving offers from Iowa, Memphis, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Coach Buzz Williams recalls the story of Wilson’s commitment with fondness.

“I will always remember his commitment coincided with Dominican winning the state championship, along with our team’s run in the NCAA tournament, and believing that it was an omen of things to come,” Williams said.

Wilson told the Journal Sentinel he chose Marquette for Williams’ intense coaching style and the Golden Eagles’ fast-paced gameplay.

“Marquette had a good run this year, and I hope I can be a part of something like that and help them get to the Final Four,” Wilson said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to play college basketball, especially when you’re staying at home. I’m just (really) excited to get on to campus and just ready to play and work hard in the classroom and on the basketball court.”

Aside from his talent, Wilson’s work ethic and character on and off the court swayed Williams.

“He is a very diligent worker in every facet of his life and has leadership qualities that are advanced for his age,” Williams said. “His maturity is immediately noticeable, whether you are talking to him or watching him play, and that will fit perfectly into our culture from day one. He represents what we want our student-athletes to be about, and I am anxious to have the opportunity to be around him every day.”