Class of 2017 four-star forward Jamal Cain committed to head coach Steve Wojciechowski and the University of Marquette on Saturday, becoming the team’s third commit, but also their highest-rated.
A product of Melvindale, Michigan, the 6’7″, 175-pound Cain will play on the wing, which differs from his two future teammate forwards who are slated to play on the low block, in Theo John and Ike Eke. John committed earlier in the week, and the trio now make up a Top-25 recruiting class nationally.
Rated by 247sports as the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan, Cain had local offers from Michigan, Detroit, and Oakland, but also had offers from far-reaching places such as Florida State, Oregon, and Stanford. Ultimately, Cain chose Marquette just a day after having his official visit with the school.
In just his second season at the helm, Coach Steve Wojciechowski returned the Golden Eagles to a 20-win season for the first time since Buzz Williams was still in charge in 2012-13. The team made it as a far as the Elite Eight that season after winning 26 regular season games.
Part of the turnaround was the recruiting ability of Wojciechowski and his staff, which swung a major coup by getting freshman sensation Henry Ellenson on campus. He would play just one season with Marquette, but would go on to become a first-round pick (18th overall) of the Detroit Pistons.
The Golden Eagles are short on big men heading into 2016-17, and will be even further in need of forwards once center Luke Fischer graduates following this season.