Recruiting news can come at any time. Sometimes it’s at a predetermined time when a recruit makes an announcement that’s livestreamed for the world to see, sometimes it’s just a random tweet that gets sent out into the ether to announce it.
Thursday night was a time for the latter, when Wisconsin’s very own Chloe Marotta announced that she was verbally committing to Marquette University.
Excited to announce my commitment to Marquette University!! Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way! This is a dream come true pic.twitter.com/civU85dXLp— Chloe Marotta (@ChloeMarotta) October 14, 2016
Marotta is a 6-foot tall wing player in the class of 2018 who attends Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin. Even though she’s only finished two years of high school hoops, she’s already been a two-time all-North Shore Conference selection. Last year, as a sophomore, Marotta averaged 13.8 points and 10 rebounds per game, along with 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals. I’m going to pull this passage from MequonNow.com exactly so I don’t mangle it:
Dad would be pleased at that thought, and he would be immensely proud of all his children. Being the old tenacious master of the boards that he was, he would no doubt puff up with pride when [Homestead head coach Corey] Wolf says, "Chloe is the best high school rebounder" that she has ever seen.
The mention of Marotta’s father in that quote leads me to the best/worst part of her commitment to play for Carolyn Kieger and the Golden Eagles. Chloe is the sister of current Marquette men’s basketball walk-on Cam Marotta, as well as the daughter of Marquette men’s basketball great Marc Marotta. That’s the best part. The worst part is that her father will sadly never see her pull on the blue and gold as he tragically passed away in April of 2015 at the age of 52. Marc played for Marquette from 1981-1984, earning Academic All-American honors in three seasons and leading MU in rebounding his final two seasons.
With Marotta on board for the fall of 2018, that means that the women’s basketball team projects to be all set on players for the next two seasons. Marotta joins Kaela Webb in the class of 2018 to occupy the only two scholarship spots that are expected to be open, which means that Kieger and her staff can turn their full attention to 2019. That’s the year where they will need to replace this year’s current batch of sophomores, including 2016-17 preseason all-Big East honorees Allazia Blockton and Natisha Hiedeman.
Here’s what MU’s recruiting table looks like right now: