Why Tre Norman is more important than most realize for Marquette

Why Tre Norman is more important than most realize for Marquette

Tre Norman was undervalued in the recruiting process.

It wasn’t that he didn’t have high-major offers or multiple suitors from that level, but that the totality of his recruitment didn’t live up to what I expect his college impact to be.

The one exception to that was Marquette.

Assistant coach Cody Hatt tapped into his New England roots and identified the Worcester Academy and BABC product early in the process, and then head coach Shaka Smart pursued him harder than anyone over the course of the last six months.

What makes Norman special isn’t as glaring as a pure three-point shooter or highlight real athlete. It’s even harder to articulate.

But Norman has an “it” factor about him. It’s part alpha, part charisma, part work-ethic, and part natural basketball instincts.

All he’s done throughout his entire high school career is win – two state championships and a New England prep school championship. He’s also been the dominant presence and playmaker on each of those teams.

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While those intangibles define Norman better than any one specific characteristic or skill, he has plenty of sheer tools at his disposal as well.

Norman is a big guard with innate scoring and playmaking ability. He has good positional size and strength that he uses with his physicality and understanding of how to use his body. He creates offense by changing speeds, getting downhill, and navigating the lane instinctively. While he needs to keep progressing as a spot-up shooter, he’s a true three-level scoring threat and definite weapon playing out of ball-screens.

There’s untapped defensive versatility given his physicality and ability to body up with bigger players. He is also an excellent rebounding guard who loves to take the ball off the glass and start the break himself.

In addition to his shooting, the other area of ​​untapped potential is in his physique and ability to keep taking his body, and consequently his explosiveness, to new levels.

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Norman becomes the third member of the Top247 to commit to Marquette as he joins four-star forward Al Tinder and three star wing Zaide Lowery.

Smart’s recruiting pitch has been a system with multiple playmakers and ball-handlers who are able to be interchangeable in terms of playing on and off the ball. Norman not only fits that vision, but he provides a player who should be ready to make an impact from day one.

Equally relevant is that he’s a fit from a culture standpoint, which has been a particular point of emphasis for Smart since he arrived at Marquette.

Norman plays and carries himself with supreme confidence and has natural leadership abilities. He’s a competitive player who has always had a “chip on his shoulder,” a characteristic that is bound to grow even more now given how his recruitment went.

In short, I consider this to be a major recruiting win for Marquette and Norman to be a big part of their foundation for the next few years.

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