2018 point guard Marcus Zegarowski breaks down final four schools
Marcus Zegarowski has had a great summer season, and he announced Tuesday that he's down to four schools. Creighton, Ohio State, Washington and Minnesota have all made the cut, and Zegarowski is going with the trend of the 2018 class and hopes to make an early college decision.
"I don't even think I'll take my official visits. I want to try to announce my final school by the beginning of September," Zegarowski said.
The 6-foot-1 point guard is the younger brother of Charlotte Hornets point guard Michael Carter-Williams; Zegarowski has leaned on Carter-Williams for advice throughout the whole recruiting process.
"My brother's been great to talk to through all of this," Zegarowski said. "He just keeps telling me to go with my gut and to not stress about finding 'the perfect school.' Even he said he had initial doubts about going to Syracuse, and it ended up being a great fit for him in the end."
IN HIS OWN WORDS
None of the schools in his final four are near his home in Massachusetts, but all four schools have been recruiting him for a while now and Zegarowski said he could see himself at any of his final schools. Being close to home has never been a factor.
CREIGHTON: "The coaching staff has been recruiting me the hardest and have really showed that I'm a high priority for them. Coach (Preston) Murphy and I are really close, and I had a great visit there when I took an unofficial visit earlier this year. I liked the campus life and feel comfortable with their playing style."
OHIO STATE: "The new coaching staff came from Butler, and they've been on me for a while, so I have a great relationship with the coaches there. And it's Ohio State. It's an awesome school in the Big Ten, which is a great conference. They have a point guard spot available for when I would be playing, so I know I could play right away."
WASHINGTON: "Coach (Mike) Hopkins recruited my brother to Syracuse when he was coaching there, so there's already a family familiarity with him. Washington was my first unofficial visit, and it was just a great campus and atmosphere. They're just telling me that I can come in right away and have the ball in my hands and help rebuild the program."
MINNESOTA: "My first big offer came from Minnesota, and my family knows coach (Kimani) Young well, so we've been able to build a good relationship with the coaching staff. That program is on the rise and they've made the tournament the last couple of years with coach (Richard) Pitino leading the way."
Look for a decision in the next few weeks. Right now, Zegarowski is focused on resting a minor hip injury he suffered during The Eight tournament in Las Vegas and gearing up for his senior high school season at Tilton Prep School.
Zegarowski is one of the best shooing point guards in the class, and the school that lands him is getting a reliable guard who can knock down the deep three. I think Creighton has the edge right now since they've been recruiting him the hardest, but don't count out the family ties to Washington. The good news is that fans won't have to wait long for a commitment if he does decide to forego official visits and announce in September.