First year head coach Steve Wojciechowski wanted to make the state of Wisconsin a bigger recruiting priority at Marquette. So far, he and the Golden Eagles are off to a terrific start in that regard. Neenah (Wis.) Center Matt Heldt became the second player to commit to Marquette in the 2015 class and the second Wisconsin native, joining Sun Prairie’s Nick Noskowiak.
“It was the perfect fit for me,” Heldt told NY2LASPORTS.COM. “Coach Wojciechowski, the players, Marquette as a school--everything was perfect. It felt like home from the minute I was there. I just felt like this was the place I wanted to be.”
Heldt chose Marquette over other offers from Xavier, Davidson, Drake, Lehigh, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Toledo, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Visiting Marquette in June, Heldt enjoyed his time with the coaching staff and some of the current Golden Eagles.
“I really liked the coaching staff there,” he said. “The facilities are great. Playing open gym with the players, I really liked the guys I’d be playing with.”
Although Wojciechowski has yet to begin his first season at Marquette, Heldt formed a quick relationship with Marquette’s head coach and the rest of the coaching staff.
“The staff was super excited and very happy,” said Heldt. “Coach Wojciechowski is really looking forward to coaching me. Our relationship is really good. I really like those guys a lot. I think they’re a good staff as a whole. It’s a great group of guys.”
Heldt was receiving interest from Wisconsin, Clemson, Colorado, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, and others.
Opting to end his recruitment before the July evaluation period later this month, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound center wasn’t concerned with other offers that may have come his way.
“I’m not out here to rack up as many offers I can,” he said. “I want to play at a school I really liked and really liked me. Marquette was a perfect fit. I could just feel it. It ended up being before the July period, but it’s the right fit for me.”
Heldt plays for the Milwaukee Spartans during the travel season.