With no need to worry about recruiting for the class of 2018, head coach Carolyn Kieger and the Marquette women’s basketball staff is hard at work recruiting for future seasons. As such, they recently offered a scholarship to Class of 2020 forward Whitney Sollom.
Sollom is listed as a forward in the D1Freak tweet, but various articles I’ve dug up from LivingstonDaily.com keep referring to the 6’2” rising sophomore as a center. She’s already made an impact on the Hartland squad, propelling them to a district title. Here’s some of the descriptions of her game from just her freshman year of high school hoops.
The difference between Hartland and the team it lost to four times, Howell, was that the Highlanders had Erin Honkala, a talented big girl in the middle who was Livingston County's Player of the Year.
Now it's Hartland that has that inside advantage over most of its opponents, even if the 6-foot-2 post presence is a freshman, Whitney Sollom.
Sollom scored seven of Hartland's first 14 points and finished with 12 as the Eagles routed Waterford Mott, 47-18, in a battle of unbeaten teams Friday night.
Sollom is averaging 10.5 points through four games, fitting in nicely with a veteran team that played in the state Class A quarterfinals two seasons ago.
From January 12, from an opposing coach comparing his freshman center to Sollom:
"They're different style of players. Sophie is more back-to-the-basket, but she can step back and hit an open jump shot. Their freshman, I've seen her hit a couple 3s already. They're a little different styles, but I'd take either one."
Sollom’s Hartland team would win that game, 43-36, with Sollom scoring 19 points, including 15 in the second half. She had a putback bucket with 76 seconds left to stem a rally from Brighton, and then canned two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to ice the victory. The opposing center had 10 points and fouled out with over three minutes to play.
I saved this one for last, because it’s actually not from during her freshman season. This Lady Ballers Insider recruiting overview, which features a picture of Sollom at the top, is from — drumroll — October of 2015, and here’s what they said about her nearly two years ago.
Wiry and a good athlete, Sollom was solid in the open court during games. She showed superb form on her jumper with a high release and no delay with positive results in drills. Sollom has decent ball handles and has the ability to play either the small forward or shooting guard.
So to review: 6’2”, dominating at center in high school as a freshman, stepping out to hit three-pointers on occasion, good athleticism, ability to play wing. Yeah, I think she’s exactly the kind of player that will excel in Kieger’s high tempo attacking system. On top of all of that, Sollom is from Michigan. Marquette basketball, both the men’s and women’s team, is currently in a major domination phase when it comes to recruiting in the state across the lake from Wisconsin. Who knows if Sollom will end up choosing Marquette, but if she doesn’t, it won’t be because there’s a lack of familiar faces on campus.
Two things to wrap up. First a very short highlight clip of Sollom playing for her Michigan Mystics club team from this past April.
And here’s what Marquette’s scholarship picture looks like going forward.