After 165 responses were reviewed, here is the Marquette Golden Eagles’ All-Half Decade team as voted by you, the readers of Big East Coast Bias.
Jae Crowder, Forward
(156 votes, 94.5%)
Leading off the team is the highest vote-getter of them all, Jae Crowder. Crowder was found on 156 of the 165 ballots cast, amassing 94.5 percent of the vote. This comes as no surprise as despite playing for only two years at Marquette, Crowder was one of the most prolific and prodigious Golden Eagles during this era, and was awarded with the Big East Player of the Year award in the 2011-12 season when he averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Jimmy Butler, Guard/Forward
(155 votes, 93.9%)
Like Crowder, Jimmy Butler has had a very successful career in the BNA But before he landed in the pros, Butler starred at Marquette in a three-year span in Milwaukee as well. He was outstanding offensively especially from an efficiency standpoint, so it’s no surprise that BECB readers voted him onto the team. Butler amassed 155 total votes on 165 of the ballots coming away with a 93.9 percent mark.
Darius Johnson-Odom, Guard
(131 votes, 79.4%)
DJO joins the fray next as, he was brought on with the third-highest percentage of any player on the ballot. Johnson-Odom spent three years in the 414 and played up to par, averaging double figures each season that he donned the Marquette uniform. Darius saved his best for last as he set career highs in PPG (18.3), APG (2.7) and FG% (44.7) and was a focal point on an MU squad that made it all the way to the Sweet 16 in 2012.
Vander Blue, Guard
(112 votes, 67.9%)
Another three-year player at Marquette, Vander Blue checks in on the list after a rather successful college career. Blue had an outstanding junior campaign in which he scored 14.8 points per game and was part of a Golden Eagles squad that made the Elite Eight in 2013. Blue amassed 112 votes, good for 67.9 percent of the ballot.
Henry Ellenson, Forward
(111 votes, 67.3%)
A margin of 22 votes separated fifth and six place but in the end, the accomplished Henry Ellenson made the cut over Davante Gardner who checked in at sixth place on the ballot. Ellenson amassed 111 votes, 67.3 percent of the ballot after having a sensational freshman season in 2015. He became one of the most accomplished freshmen in Marquette history in his short time in Milwaukee and now will look to continue that success in the pros with the Detroit Pistons.
Other Votes: Rob Frozena, Jamal Ferguson