The long standing belief is that you want to bring recruits to your Madness season opening event to show them the enthusiasm and excitement surrounding your program. The actual benefit to this when it comes to convincing recruits is probably up for debate, at least in terms of the wide spectrum of kids over the years.
It paid off for Marquette women’s basketball and head coach Carolyn Kieger, though.
On Saturday, one day after Marquette Madness and one day after an unofficial visit, Class of 2018 point guard Kaela Webb announced her verbal commitment to Marquette.
HC Carolyn Kieger Marquette receives 2018 verbal Kaela Webb 5-6 PG Detroit Country Day HS MI. AAU Michigan Crossover.— Bret McCormick (@ASGR1995) October 8, 2016
Well the State of Michigan's #1 rated 2018 kid is off the board.. Marquette really recruits the state of Michigan hard. #leaveyourMARQ— J.Wilkins (@LBInsider) October 8, 2016
Webb is a 5’6” point guard who attends Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. As a freshman - yes, freshman - she led DCDS to the Michigan Class B state championship, scoring 20 points in their 49-41 title game win over Haslett. The Yellowjackets weren’t quite as successful in 2016, when Webb and her teammates “only” made it to the Class B semifinals before bowing out of the state tournament. Webb finished with 11 points in the semifinal loss to Grand Rapids South Christian. Her squad returns four starters for this year, so after going 24-2 last year, they’re a clear favorite to make it back to the state championship game. That will give Webb, a MLive.com Detroit Dream Team Third Team honoree as a sophomore, more than her fair chance to shine.
As far as Marquette’s outlook goes, Webb occupies one of two scholarships that are projected to be open in the fall of 2018. Chelsey Gibson and Shantelle Valentine will be the only two seniors on that squad, so Webb will occupy one of their spots. That will give Kieger a 14 player roster and at this point, will allow Kieger to focus more on recruiting for the fall of 2019. Marquette could have as many as eight open scholarships for that year, as this year’s sophomores will be gone by then.
Here’s what the scholarship table looks like right now: