WisSports.net’s Norbert Durst is reporting that Homestead High School rising senior Chloe Marotta has suffered a torn ACL and meniscus. Marotta, the daughter of the late Marquette Golden Eagles star Marc Marotta and current men’s basketball player Cam Marotta, made a verbal commitment to Marquette women’s basketball and head coach Carolyn Kieger back in October 2016.
Homestead’s @ChloeMarotta (2018 Marquette recruit) suffered a torn ACL and lateral meniscus last weekend. Prayers for a speedy recovery.— Norbert Durst (@NorbertDurst) July 19, 2017
Tweets from Marotta and her older brother that were posted last night seem to confirm the injury.
The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph #waitonit— Chloe Marotta (@ChloeMarotta) July 19, 2017
Marotta is one of the best players in Wisconsin, both in the Class of 2018 and otherwise. Following a junior campaign where she averaged 20.5 points and 10.7 rebounds, Marotta was named to the Division 1 All-Wisconsin First Team by the state’s coaches association. Hilariously, she was only Co-Player of the Year in her own conference, though. That may have to do with the fact that Germantown went undefeated in league play, although you can’t say Marotta didn’t do her part to stop that from happening. She had — and this is not a typo -- 40 points and 22 rebounds in a 69-62 loss to the Warhawks.
While this is likely horrible news for the Homestead girls’ basketball team, it’s merely not great news for Marquette. There’s no reason to expect that Kieger and the Golden Eagles will back away from their commitment to Marotta, as she’ll have a nearly a full year of rehab behind her by the time she moves into her on-campus residence. Even if she ends up a little bit behind schedule in that department, Marotta and fellow 2018 verbal commitment Kaela Webb will not be asked to carry a lot of responsibility by Kieger and her staff in 2018-19. The core of Allazia Blockton, Natisha Hiedeman, Amani Wilborn, Danielle King, and Erika Davenport will all be seniors that season, and new transfer and former national top 10 recruit Tori McCoy will be eligible after sitting out the 2017-18 campaign. Marotta will have a chance to catch up to the speed of the collegiate game in a relatively pressure-free setting, although the team will have high expectations on it that year.