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Milwaukee's Own Amani Wilborn Commits To Marquette Women's Basketball

The Riverside standout will be coming to Marquette in the fall of 2015.

Andy Lyons

Here's the thing about women's basketball recruiting: there's people out there paying attention, but because the sport in general receives less attention than the men's side of things, sometimes it's hard to track things down.

Case in point, I found out from a retweet from @77ncaachamps that Amani Wilborn from Milwaukee Riverside High School had committed to Marquette and head coach Carolyn Kieger.

Wilborn is a 5'9" wing player, and she has a score of 90 and a 3-star rating from ESPN.com.  They list her as the 16th best wing in the country, which according to the top 100 list, that makes Wilborn the best wing in the country that's not in the top 100.  That's a familiar refrain as I remember typing roughly the same thing twice in late September when discussing three other verbal commitments that Coach Kieger had secured.

Speaking of those three commitments and the struggle to acquire recruiting information, one of those commitments is no longer valid.  Akina Wellere, a 5'10" forward from Chicago, withdrew her pledge to Kieger and on October 21, made a new pledge to Joe Tartamella, Kieger's conference rival at St. John's.  How did I find this out? By clicking through to ESPN's Marquette team page from Wilborn's page and not seeing Wellere's name after remembering that she was just barely outside the top 100, plus a little bit of Internet Detective Work.

But back to positive news and Amani Wilborn.  Wilborn and Riverside won the 2013 Wisconsin Division 1 state championship, but fell to Brookfield Central in the Sectional Quarterfinals in 2014.  Wilborn averaged 16 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 3.1 steals for the Tigers last season, and was named to the All-City Conference First Team and shared the conference's Player of the Year award with Shakeela Fowler from Rufus King.

Wilborn joins Natisha Hiedeman, Danielle King, and Chelsey Gibson in Kieger's class of 2015.  Those four fill the four scholarships opened up by the four current seniors on the squad, but that still leaves Marquette four scholarships short of the NCAA limit of 15.

In closing, enjoy this highlight reel of Hiedeman and Wilborn playing on the same AAU team.  Hiedeman is wearing #33 and a neon headband, while Wilborn has #23.