CARBONDALE — Marcus Domask, the Wisconsin Mr. Basketball this year, verbally committed to SIU's men's basketball team Wednesday night.
Domask, a 6-foot-6 forward at Waupun High School, originally committed to Northern Kentucky but re-opened his recruitment after coach John Brannen went to Cincinnati in April. Domask averaged 26.1 points, 10 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game for the WIAA Division 3 state runners-up. The leading scorer for the Warriors all four years, Domask led Waupun to the state title as a freshman.
Domask announced his commitment on Twitter. He was considering Northern Kentucky, the Salukis and Wright State, according to Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook. He is expected to sign with SIU soon, as the early signing period ends May 15.
Domask could be a huge addition for the Salukis, who lack frontcourt experience and depth. Forward Sekou Dembele, a redshirt freshman, is SIU's only returning frontcourt player. New SIU coach Bryan Mullins added Barret Benson, a 6-10 center from Northwestern who will be eligible right away as a graduate transfer, and now the 6-6 Domask.
Barring any more departures, Domask would finish off Mullin's eight-man recruiting class. Since he arrived in March, he and his staff landed Harwin Francois, a junior college guard from Daytona State (Florida) College, Pinnacle (Arizona) High School guard Trent Brown and Benson. Two players signed with the Salukis during Barry Hinson's tenure, guard Lance Jones and forward Chris Payton, and prep school guard Jimmy Beane paid his own way this school year to try to qualify academically for a scholarship.
— Todd Hefferman