Over the past five years, the frenetic style of play adopted by Buzz Williams’ Marquette Golden Eagles has, likely, kept more than a few opposing coaches and players awake at night.
The same can now be said of potential recruits.
Malek Harris, a 6’7”, 200-pound forward hailing from Chicago, became the first member of the blue and gold’s 2014 recruiting class to pledge as he gave his verbal commitment to Williams and his staff on Thursday, one day removed from visiting the campus.
“I was thinking so much about Marquette and so excited that I couldn’t sleep,” cited Harris, who elected to migrate to the Brew City over the likes of DePaul, Iowa, Kansas State, Northwestern and Purdue, among others, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. “But Marquette has always stood out to me, and I felt like if everything was the way I expected it was going to be on the visit, I would commit.”
At the forefront of Harris’ aforesaid excitement is the style of play implemented by the 40-year-old Williams, who is entering his sixth season on the MU sidelines.
“That was a big factor, because I was looking at a school and a program where a lot of the players that have gone there were a lot like me in the way they played,” said the versatile Harris, a consensus top-100 prospect entering his senior season Sandburg High (Chicago), according to jsonline.com. “It was easy to envision…and the style of play is great fit for me.”
Upon arriving on campus, Harris will have four years of eligibility.