Since supplanting Tom Crean as the head coach of the Marquette men’s basketball program in April 2008, Buzz Williams has coached nearly three dozen players.
Of the aforementioned student-athletes, six have earned an NBA paycheck (Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Lazar Hayward, Darius Johnson-Odom, Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal), five were selected as AP All Americans, while each was a part of the pageantry that is the NCAA tournament.
As the 40-year-old Williams enters his sixth season in the Brew City—boasting a career mark of 122-54—the one constant during the Texas native’s tenure with the blue and gold, center Chris Otule, will also be present and accounted for when MU’s 2013-14 campaign commences.
The 6’11”, 275-pound Otule, a native of Richmond, Texas, graduated from Marquette this past winter, but was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Thursday, as confirmed by Williams and reported by jsonline.com, upon being sidelined for nearly all of his second and fourth seasons with knee and foot injuries.
With the 23-year-old center back into the fold alongside senior forward Davante Gardner, the Golden Eagles, one year removed from earning a berth in the Elite Eight for the first time in a decade, enter their maiden season in the new Big East with one of the most formidable interiors in the league.
So, before Otule and the Golden Eagles officially kick off their sixth year of partnership together, listed below are a few of the numbers and figures which help paint the narrative of the career to date for No. 42.
114: Blocks accumulated by Otule, placing him fifth in school history.
92: Games played by Otule out of 141 during his five-year collegiate career. Upon seeing action in 12 of MU’s 69 affairs during his first two seasons on campus, Otule hit the hardwood in each of the Golden Eagles’ 37 contests during the 2010-11 campaign, a feat matched this past season as the redshirt senior played in all 35 games for the co-Big East champions.
63.4: Otule’s field goal percentage last season, marking a career high and tops on the Marquette roster for players who attempted more than 100 field goals.
15: Games in which Otule has scored in double figures, eight of which occurred during the 2012-13 season, headlined by a career-best 16 points against Notre Dame on March 2.
20.4: Minutes per game averaged by Otule in seven NCAA tournament outings.
309: Career rebounds, placing Otule third among active Marquette players, trailing only Gardner (386) and Jamil Wilson (311).