The Marquette Golden Eagles are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Let's check out the best players to don the blue and gold in the 21st century.
10. Dominic James (2005-09) James put together one of the best freshman seasons in Marquette history. James' 15.3 points and 5.4 assists per game both rank second all-time among MU freshmen. For his career, James finished fourth in points and second in assists all-time.
9. Jimmy Butler (2008-11) Before Jimmy Butler became Jimmy Buckets in Chicago, he was a two-way beast for Marquette. Butler averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals his final year in Milwaukee.
8. Darius Johnson-Odom (2009-12) Even though DJO was only at Marquette for three seasons, he quickly became one of the top scorers in the Big East, averaging 15.7 points for his career. During his senior season, Johnson-Odom cracked double-digit scoring in 33 of his 34 games en route to the Golden Eagles' trip to the Sweet 16.
7. Wes Matthews (2005-09) Matthews was a do-it-all star for the Golden Eagles, with the ability to score from anywhere, as well as defend the opponent's top perimeter player. One of his more unsung skills was his ability to get to the free throw line; Matthews averaged over seven free throw attempts per game his senior season. The current Dallas Maverick is the program's all-time leader in made free throws.
6. Steve Novak (2002-06) Not only was the sharpshooting Novak a crucial part of the Final Four run in 2003, he also helped bridge the gap as Marquette transitioned from Conference USA into the Big East. Novak is the program's all-time leader in three point makes and three-point percentage (46.1 percent).
5. Lazar Hayward (2006-10) Hayward, who is second all-time in scoring for the Golden Eagles, was a dominant present both inside and out for head coach Buzz Williams. Hayward shot nearly 36 percent from distance over his four seasons in Milwaukee, while also manning the middle on defense at just 6'6. He averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds his senior season at Marquette.
4. Travis Diener (2001-05) Diener's abilty to score and pass was an integral part of Marquette's 2003 Final Four team. For his career, Diener is third in all-time assists, sixth in points, and second in three-point makes.
3. Jerel McNeal (2005-09) McNeal is the all-time leading scorer in Marquette history. He led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA tournament all four years, and poured in 19.8 points per game during his senior season.
2. Jae Crowder (2010-12) Crowder took a massive leap in his last season with Marquette, averaging 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game en route to being named the Big East Player of the Year. The Golden Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16 in both of Crowder's seasons with Marquette.
1. Dwyane Wade (2001-03) Wade's iconic triple double (29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) against Kentucky in the Elite 8 propelled Marquette to the Final Four in 2003. D-Wade averaged 19.7 points in his two seasons in Milwaukee, and was named the 2002-03 Conference USA Player of the Year. His number 3 jersey is retired by Marquette.