I think we're all aware that college coaches aren't able to comment directly about recruits until they're officially signed. Sometimes we get things like this, though.
Huge last couple of days for our program. So excited our Marquette family got bigger! #weareMarquette— Carolyn Kieger (@ckieger) September 29, 2014
That, of course, is Marquette women's head coach Carolyn Kieger. Obliquely referring to gaining verbal commitments is completely within the rules, so that means heading to a nearby Google Machine to try to figure out who she's talking about. Unfortunately, women's basketball recruiting doesn't get quite the notice that men's hoops does, so that makes things a little more complicated. Luckily, we've got some dedicated fans, and @MUFanaticDotCom came through and pointed me towards some info.
Marquette gets 2015 JC verbal commitment from Chelsey Gibson 6-1 4/3 from Gulf Coast State College Panama City FL.— Bret McCormick (@ASGR1995) September 26, 2014
Well, this one is easy to figure. Assistant coach Vernette Skeete was most recently employed as the head coach at Gulf Coast State, so this is Gibson electing to follow her former head coach. Gibson averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last year for GCSU, with highs of 25 points against College of Central Florida and 11 rebounds against Onondaga Community College.
Marquette receives 2015 verbal from Danielle King 5-5 PG Bloom HS IL. Played AAU for Mac Irvin Godfather.— Bret McCormick (@ASGR1995) September 29, 2014
King is a 3 star recruit, according to ESPN.com, who ranks her as the 31st best point guard in the country. Maybe that doesn't sound impressive, but a quick glance at ESPN's top 100 shows that the lowest ranked PG is slotted at #97 and she's rated the 30th best. She averaged just short of 20 points and eight rebounds last season, and tacked on more than five assists AND five steals per game, too. She was named to the all-Southland Conference team as well as The Times Of Northwestern Indiana's All-Area Team.
Marquette picks up another Chicago player. Akina Wellere 5-10 G Brooks College Prep IL. Played AAU with Illinois Hustle.— Bret McCormick (@ASGR1995) September 29, 2014
ESPN has Wellere as a 3 star recruit, as well, but she's ranked as the #19 forward in the country. Like King, Wellere finds herself as the first forward just outside the Top 100, with the forward at #99 rated as the 18th best in the country. No matter how hard I search, I can't find an article on Wellere that lists her stats for this past season, but I did find this highlight video:
Gibson, King, and Wellere join Natisha Hiedeman in Marquette's recruiting class for the fall of 2015. Coach Kieger has four seniors on the roster this season, so that will keep MU level on scholarships heading into 2015-16. Of course, that is still only 11 scholarship players, and the NCAA allows women's hoops to have 15 scholarship players, so we'll have to wait to see if the roster will keep growing.