Wednesday wasn't just about the senior class. Junior forward Aaron Bowen took himself off the 2010 recruiting board on Wednesday night. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing from Jacksonville (Fla.) Wolfson is headed to the Big East.
Bowen verbally committed to Marquette, according to his Jacksonville Lee Bulls AAU coach David Jones.
"They had been looking at him for a while. They saw him play in the spring and [assistant] coach [Dale Layer] saw him when he was a Liberty. They didn't get a chance to see him play in the summer because he was hurt… But Buzz [Williams] felt that he was a kid he wanted to get."
Jones said Bowen liked what he saw with Marquette after he visited the school in June unofficially.
Marquette sent coaches back to Jacksonville to see Bowen in an early season game and came away impressed, Jones said.
"They saw him play a game the other night and they liked what they saw as far as his athleticism is concerned. They understand that he needs to work on his strength and his ball-handling," Jones said.
"I always thought he had the potential to be an extremely good high-major prospect and player. He's long. He's athletic. He can hit that perimeter shot. He needs some fine-tuning on the defensive end of the court and his ball-handling some more but he's got a chance to be a good player."
Bowen also considered Jacksonville (offer), Florida State, Florida, Miami and Kansas State.