Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles secured the third member of their 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday night via the oral commitment from Texas big man Aaron Durley.
The 6’10”, 270-pound Durley—who gained national attention as a member of the 2006 Saudia Arabia team that played in the Little League World Series, when he stood 6’8” as a 13-year-old—chose MU over South Alabama, South Florida and Tennessee-Chatanooga.
“Aaron chose Marquette for developmental reasons,” cited Aaron’s mother, Dana Durley, according to Fox Sports 26 in Houston. “They have a structured program, a great coach in Buzz Williams and for academic considerations.”
A two-start prospect with an overall scout rating of 82 according to ESPN.com, Durley earned all-state accolades as a sophomore while playing for St. Thomas Catholic High School (Houston), but enters his senior campaign at George Bush High School (the same high school attended by MU junior Chris Otule) in Fort Bend, Texas after missing this past season due to sustaining a torn Achilles.
Nevertheless, Durley, who was able to play AAU ball this past summer, cites, according to a phone interview conducted by Tom Enlund of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “It’s doing great right now…It was tough but I’m back now 100 percent and I’m rolling.”
In assessing what MU fans can expect when he dons the blue and gold for the first time next fall, Durley does not mince words.
“I’m just a solid player. I can play [power forward or center] and I just have a nice all-around game,” Durley said, as reported by jsonline.com. “Obviously my strong suite is being in the post. I can’t do it all but I can try my best.”
Similar to the other two players in MU’s 2012 recruiting class, Jamal Ferguson and TJ Taylor, Durley can sign his national letter of intent in November.