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BYU basketball: Looks like Carlino's going to familiar Marquette

2014-04-25T16:18:00Z 2014-04-25T23:18:53Z BYU basketball: Looks like Carlino's going to familiar MarquetteJason Franchuk Daily Herald Daily Herald
April 25, 2014 4:18 pm  • 

Matt Carlino is headed back to Milwaukee, just without BYU this time.

The senior-to-be point guard appears to be set to play for Marquette to wrap up his college career, according to a report from ESPN. Carlino has declined a variety of requests from local reporters in recent weeks, including at the team banquet when he received the team's "Sixth Man" award as the top reserve.

The polarizing player, known for a friendly demeanor and sharp wit -- but also a penchant to shoot a lot -- appeared set to begin visiting campuses in May. But he knows the Wisconsin area well already.

He had an uncle who played at Marquette and his mother is from the area.

Of course, the Cougars lost at Bradley Center — where Marquette plays home games — in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament in March against Oregon. Carlino's freshman season ended with a loss to Marquette in the NCAA second round.

Carlino announced April 1 — the day players had standard exit interviews with head coach Dave Rose — that he would finish his career elsewhere. He simply had to finish his undergraduate degree and go somewhere that had a post-graduate degree that his previous school didn’t offer. The obvious thought is that Carlino's concern was his role next year, and he presumed to have a better chance to be a starter elsewhere.

He will be eligible to play next winter.

Marquette has a new head coach, Steve Wojciechowski. The longtime Duke aide replaced Buzz Williams (a close friend of Rose), who is now with Virginia Tech.

Carlino is seventh in school history in assists and sixth in steals, and also No. 6 in 3-point field goals made despite a percentage below 40 percent that often frustrated fans for what could be deemed a quick trigger.

It remains to be seen how “Wojo” reins in Carlino, or lets him shoot at his desired pace. His pedigree includes being a former Duke point guard, though much more likely to shoot or rely on hustle or defense in the mid-1990s.

Marquette missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years, finishing 17-15.

Jason covers BYU football and basketball for heraldextra.com. Contact him at jfranchuk@heraldextra.com. Follow him on Twitter, @harkthefranchuk

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