Marquette women’s basketball expanded their depth for the 2018-19 season yet once again today as Chloe Marotta signed her national letter of intent to play for the Golden Eagles. Marotta will join MU in the fall of 2018 and have four years of eligibility.
Marotta is a 6-foot tall forward from the Milwaukee area, where she attends Homestead High School in Mequon. Her brother, Cam Marotta, is a junior guard on the MU men’s basketball team, and her late father, Marc Marotta, starred for the Golden Eagles from 1981-1984. On her own, Marotta is one of the two best players in the state of Wisconsin in the class of 2018. ESPN has grades for six players in the class, with Marotta and Madison East’s Erin Howard at 90. Everyone else is at 88, while all six players are rated as three star prospects. The Worldwide Leader says Marotta is the 14th best wing player in her class, where the 11th best wing is the #87 player in their top 100.
Here’s what head coach Carolyn Kieger had to say about Marotta in the official release on the signing:
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Chloe Marotta officially to the Marquette women’s basketball family,” Kieger said. “She has been a part of the Marquette family for many years, but to have her on the women’s side is really a dream come true for our staff. She is everything that is right about Marquette and exemplifies the student-athlete that we want to coach and that we want representing our program.”
“As a player Chloe is relentless,” Kieger noted. “She does all of the little things and has improved her game every season. She is the type of player that makes everyone around her better and she wants to work harder. Her skill-set is catching up to her tenacity and she can stretch the floor, shoot the three, pound the ball inside and she will be able to play multiple positions for us.
“Chloe is self-motivated and she wants to be great for all of the right reasons and the sky is the limit for her here at Marquette.”
She averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, with just over a block per game as well. Marotta was co-player of the year in Homestead’s conference last year, perhaps because she threw together a 40 point, 22 rebound performance in a 69-62 loss to Germantown, the team that would eventually go undefeated and win the league. Sadly, she’s not going to repeat as Player of the Year, as she only recently had her leg brace removed after tearing her ACL over the summer. It’s unlikely that she’ll be able to play at all for Homestead as a senior, but there’s no reason to think she won’t be back to 100% by the time November of 2018 rolls around.
Marotta is heralded as a great rebounder, but she’ll have the fortune of joining a loaded Marquette team in 2018-19. Marquette’s current juniors, including Allazia Blockton, the unanimous choice as 2017-18 Big East Preseason Player of the Year, will be seniors, and former top 10 prospect Tori McCoy will be eligible after her transfer redshirt season. Her abilities will be welcome, but she won’t be asked to do much as the only freshman that Marquette currently expects to have on the roster.
From there on out, though.... Marotta will have more than her fair share of chances to shine. Here’s how Marquette’s scholarship breaks down heading forward, as the Golden Eagles still have one scholarship available for next fall: