Whilst searching Twitter to pull up tweets about E.J. Liddell getting an offer from the Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball team, I stumbled across the news that the MU women’s squad has offered a scholarship to 2019 Michigan prospect Julia Ayrault.
Julia Ayrault 6-1 2019 wing (Grosse Pointe North/Michigan Mystics) receives an offer from Marquette— Last Second Shot (@LastSecondShot_) July 14, 2017
Julia Ayrault receives offer today from Marquette! This kid can flat out play! pic.twitter.com/E5uGBsBR31— Michigan Mystics (@MImystics) July 14, 2017
There’s limited information on Ayrault, largely due to the fact that she’s only finished her sophomore year of high school. That first tweet up there lists her at 6’1”, although she was mentioned at 6-feet even in this recap from late January of her freshman year.
That recap is the only article I can find that really discusses her play at length, so here’s some highlights:
The 6-foot freshman was the team's leading scorer and one of three players to reach double figures as Grosse Pointe North (8-1) took control of the game with a 18-7 second-quarter advantage.
Ayrault was part of the starting lineup and not only did she carry the team in points, but also in fast breaks.
With North holding a big lead, Ayrault focused on her defensive game in the second half - blocking shots, rebounds, and steals rather than those fast-breaks on offense.
I don’t know if you guys have been paying attention to how Carolyn Kieger has been coaching the Golden Eagles over the past two seasons, but a 6+ foot tall player who can attack on the break and also defend relentlessly? Yeah, I think Ayrault would fit right in based on this very limited sample size of a scouting report.
It’s worth noting that Marquette basketball - on both the men’s and women’s side of the McGuire Center - has been excelling at recruiting in the state of Michigan. Erika Davenport, Jamal Cain, Ike Eke, and Greg Elliott are already on campus, Kaela Webb is set to join the women’s squad a year from now, and both teams have multiple offers out for the future in the state. At least for right now, it seems that the Marquette name carries a lot of weight in the state of Michigan, and I for one would be totally fine with that continuing.
Marquette’s core in 2019 will likely be very solid, but with seven scholarships projected to be available at that point, Kieger and her staff need to strike at least bronze on every single recruit they bring in for that fall. Here’s how the scholarship situation looks for the future right now: