Attrition Rates and JUCO Success Under Buzz Williams

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about Buzz Williams, attrition, adding players to the 2015 class in the spring, etc. Today I thought we might go into a littler further detail about Buzz’s attrition rates at Marquette, as well as which types of players he was most successful with – JUCOs or high school players?

First of all, we’re only going to include the players who Buzz recruited in his classes from 2008 through 2012. It wouldn’t be fair to place attrition rates on him for players he didn’t sign, nor would it be fair to blame him for any players who left after he took the Virginia Tech job.

Also, we’re going to break things down between high school and junior college players. As you’ll see at the end of the article, there is a huge difference. Also, note that I’m using the database for this article, so if anything is screwed up, blame them!

Davante Gardner was one of Buzz's very successful high school recruits.
Davante Gardner was one of Buzz’s very successful high school recruits.

Approximately a 50% attrition rate for high school players

Between 2008 and 2012, 15 high school recruits signed with Marquette, per the database. Of those, eight either finished their career, left early for the NBA, or were still playing basketball at Marquette after Buzz Williams left. The other seven either transferred or did not enroll