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Marquette Student-Athletes Assist St. Vincent de Paul

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In celebration of the NCAA's National Student-Athlete Day, Marquette student-athletes, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), participated in a community outreach project Wednesday, April 13 with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee.

Three groups of MU student-athletes from the men's and women's track and field, cross country, soccer and basketball teams took two hour shifts serving meals to families in need.

The student-athletes helped out from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons which seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering. St. Vincent De Paul seeks to provide person-to-person assistance that promotes human dignity and integrity.

The Society is concerned not only with relieving need but also with addressing the situations that cause it. St. Vincent De Paul provides meals to Milwaukee residents in need through the Vincent Family Meal Program.

NBA Players Make Special Awards Presentations

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Former MU standouts and current NBA players Lazar Hayward, Wesley Matthews and Dwyane Wade made special video presentations at the program's annual awards banquet Wednesday night.

Angel Robinson's draft stock appears to have risen since the 19-points, eight assists and six rebounds she contributed in Marquette's loss at No. 1 seed Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Championship. 


According to ESPN Hoopgurlz's Chris Hansen (along with contributions from senior writer Glenn Nelson and national evaluators Brandon Clay and Keil Moore of HoopGurlz, as well as ESPN TV analyst LaChina Robinson) Robinson is listed No. 19 on ESPN.com's 2011 WNBA Draft top prospects list. Below is what they had to say about Marquette's four-year starting point guard.


The game against Tennessee in the NCAA tournament woke up the rest of the country to what Marquette fans knew Robinson was capable of. Her notable skill is creating with the ball, but that goes beyond scoring the basketball. She doesn't have the height to be a regular rotation shooting guard, but as a point guard she put up a respectable 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior and helped scare the hoopla out of the Lady Vols with her determination and shot-making ability. She needs to improve her 3-point shooting. 


Click here to read the complete list of the Top 20 WNBA Draft Prospects.


Click here to read about why Angel Robinson's draft stock is rising.


Should Robinson be one of the 36 draft picks Monday afternoon, she will be the second player in Marquette women's basketball history to be drafted. Abbie Willenborg was the first when the Houston Comets selected her with the 64th pick in the 2000 draft. 




TPC Sawgrass Photo Op

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Ryan Prickette, assistant coach David Merkow and Corey Konieczki pose in front of the legendary island green on the par-3 hole No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. The Marquette University men's golf team got to practie at the course during 2011 Spring Break.

There's more pics/video of MU golfers, including more from TPC Sawgrass, on the MU Golf Facebook page.

2011-12 Preseason Top 25 Polls

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While the 2011-12 men's basketball season is more than seven months away, a number of national writers have already posted their "Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25" polls.

Just for fun, here's where Marquette ranks in each...

No. 14 -- Andy Katz, ESPN.com
"Buzz Williams ... has a team that can compete for the Big East top five with the majority returning."

No. 17 -- LostLettermen.com
"Keep those 3-goggles handy because the team that reached the Sweet Sixteen returns Darius Johnson-Odom and big man Jae Crowder, among others."

No. 18 -- Mike Henderson, BleacherReport.com
"Fresh off of a Sweet 16 run and a new contract for Buzz Williams, the Golden Eagles are ready to soar."

No. 19 -- Luke Winn, SI.com

No. 23 -- Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com

No. 25 -- Jeff Goodman, FoxSports.com
"Buzz Williams loses Butler, who was a terrific player. But his big men should take a step forward in their development and Wilson could become an impact guy after sitting out."

Happy B-Day Wishes to Coach Bennett

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Tex Winter, former Marquette men's basketball head coach from 1951-53 and innovator of the "Triangle" offense, has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.

Winter was the youngest head coach in major college basketball during the 1951-52 season when he led MU to the National Catholic Tournament Championship. After the 1952-53 campaign he left for Kansas State where he would remain until 1968. In all, Winter collected 454 career victories on the collegiate level.

Along with the rest of the 2011 class, Winter will be officially inducted in August in Springfield, Mass.

Winter joins Al McGuire as former Marquette coaches to be honored with induction.

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