Though their paths to the school may have been different, Marquette's four seniors have all left their mark on the program.

Chris Otule has been around so long he's seen the Golden Eagles win eight NCAA tournament games. Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson have been key cogs on two Sweet 16 trips and an appearance in the Elite Eight. After coming to Marquette as a walk on, Jake Thomas has turned into one of the better 3-point shooters in the Big East.

More importantly in the grand scheme of things, all four have either graduated already or will graduate in the coming months.

While the group's final season at Marquette hasn't gone according to plan and likely won't end with another NCAA tournament trip, there's much to be celebrated Saturday when the four play their final regular-season game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center against St. John's.

"It's hard to believe it's the last home game of the season, not just my senior year," Wilson said. "It seems like we were just starting up. It's going to be bittersweet."

Wilson's collegiate career began at Oregon, as the forward headed out west after an impressive run at Racine Horlick High School. Marquette was going through a coaching transition at the time of his commitment and couldn't quite catch up in time to lure Wilson from the Ducks.

After playing 16.9 minutes per game his freshman season, Wilson watched as his coach, Ernie Kent, was fired. Oregon had gone 24-39 over the past two seasons and was moving on from its long-tenured coach.

Wilson made up his mind to transfer and eventually decided to come home and play for the Golden Eagles.

"Like I told my dad when I left, I wasn't accustomed to losing," Wilson said. "I didn't like it too much. Plus, the coaches had just left. I felt like it was the right move. I tell my dad all the time that I wouldn't trade it in for the world. I felt like I did the right thing coming here to a winning program.

"I've done great things, have played with great players and have made lifelong friends. I think it was a great move. Sometimes I look back and think if it would be different (if he had stayed at Oregon). All in all, I think I made the right move."

One of the more talented players to come through Marquette in the last few years, Wilson has been asked to do quite a bit for the Golden Eagles. He's played all five positions on both ends of the floor and often was the x-factor in whether Marquette won or lost.

"He's so talented that I have become frustrated with him at times," Marquette coach Buzz Williams, who hasn't been available to the local media outside of postgame press conferences since Jan. 2, said on his weekly radio show. "He's so talented that you almost expect him to be perfect."

Wilson, who will play in his 100th career game at Marquette on Saturday, has averaged 9.4 points per game in three seasons with the Golden Eagles. At 6-foot-8 and with the skill set of a guard, Wilson certainly will have a professional future somewhere.

"We've had to have him," Williams said. "I'm not so sure, as much as I'm going to miss Chris personally, as much as we'll miss Davante from a scoring lens, that we won't miss Jamil the most. Just because of his versatility."

Gardner came to Marquette as an out-of-shape unknown commodity, so shy he wasn't willing to speak to people. He'll leave as one of only 45 players to score more than 1,000 points at Marquette.

The Big East's sixth man of the year in 2012-13, Gardner holds a career scoring average of 10.1 points per game. He was an offensive weapon from the minute he stepped on campus, but conditioning and defensive issues prevented him from playing more.

Gardner committed to improving his body this past summer and has been able to play 26.2 minutes per game this season, leading Marquette in scoring at 14.9 points per game.

"There's no way anybody could have thought he would have the type of career he had," Williams said. "We were subbing him for offense his freshman year, and he didn't even look like a Division I athlete.