Editor’s Note: This month, ESPN Insider’s college basketball and recruiting experts are teaming up to examine how 15 of the nation’s best recruiting classes will fit in with their teams in the 2013-14 season. Today's featured program: Marquette , which Dana O'Neil delves more into here. Check out the Nation blog each morning for a corresponding post on the key returnee for each of the 15 teams. Marquette’s Davante Gardner is listed at 6-foot-8, 290 pounds, but he’s probably hovered above 300 throughout his career.
1. The commitment to USA basketball at the junior national team level is at an unprecedented level. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who chairs the junior national team committee, said Wednesday that the consistency of coaches and players was never done in the program in the past like its counterparts in other countries. Florida’s Billy Donovan will coach the U-19 team in the Czech Republic after winning gold in Brazil with the U-18 team last summer.
Remember the San Diego point-shaving scandal? Sure you do. Brandon Johnson, the school's all-time points and assists leader, was implicated and later charged and sentenced as the result of an FBI investigation into a point-shaving scheme during the Toreros' 2009-10 season. After his career was over, he later attempted to recruit another USD player into the game-fixing morass. Eight people connected to the conspiracy were convicted and sent to federal prison, the most recent being illegal bookmaker Richard Francis Garmo.