Marquette Adds a Grad Transfer Big Man Jayce Johnson
On the same day that Steve Wojciechowski signed his extension, Marquette added another player to the interior front line. Utah big man Jayce Johnson will be a grad transfer to Marquette given the Golden Eagles some additional size inside next season. Marquette showcased their size last season with Theo John’s excellent defense and the strong play of Ed Morrow off the bench. Johnson will take one of the scholarship spots opened by the Hauser brothers. This gives Marquette a more imposing look inside on defense.
Johnson is a big dude, bigger than anyone at Marquette this season or last year. He is a legitimate seven foot. The combination of him and John will be a one-two punch at the center position. Marquette has not had this type of size on their team in a very, very long time. I doubt they’ll ever play at the same time unless Marquette goes with a jumbo lineup, but Johnson will help Marquette’s second unit defensively. The calling cards for him out of high school were rebounding and shot-blocking. Those are things that can help the Golden Eagles next season without question.
Some might wonder about Ed Morrow, and Marquette will likely bump him to the four spot. With Joey Hauser leaving, Morrow could be inline to be the starter this season when Marquette tips off in November. Lineup featuring Koby McEwen, Markus Howard, Sacar Anim, Morrow and John seems like the projected feel of this team. Granted, this would not be the run-and-gun teams of the last couple years. Marquette’s offensive approach would be more slashing then kick out to Howard. Adding Johnson does not help Marquette replace the Hauser brothers production. Who knows if the Golden Eagles will add another grad transfer to add another shooter to the mix.
Marquette’s 2019-2020 roster does not feel done yet but Johnson is a welcomed addition.