Friday, June 26, 2009

MO ACKER WILL NOT PLAY FOR MARQUETTE THIS YEAR: Marquette had a loaded backcourt last season with Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews.

But with all three of those guys graduating, Buzz Williams was likely going to have to count on Mo Acker and David Cubillan for leadership and a lot of minutes this year.

But now it seems that Acker will not be playing for the Golden Eagles in '09-'10. Acker is on track to graduate in December, and will instead be focusing on his studies.

Acker never really seemed to fit with what Williams wanted to do. After transferring from Ball State, Acker had a successful sophomore campaign under Tom Crean, averaging 4.5 ppg and 1.8 apg backing up James. But under Williams, Acker's production declined significantly before James broke his foot.

Williams wanted guys that could play tough, pressuring defense on the perimeter, and the 5'7" Acker apparently wasn't one of them.

Marquette now has just two players (Cubillan and Lazar Hayward) from the Tom Crean era.

Marquette will now be forced to rely heavily on a group of freshman (Dwight Buycks, Junior Cadougan, and Darius Johnson-Odom) to help out Cubillan in their back court.

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