With six outgoing seniors after the 2018-19 season, we always knew that Marquette women’s basketball had to make a big impact with their 2019 recruiting class. Not necessarily to replace the abilities of Allazia Blockton & company, but merely to just fill space on the roster while maintaining the trajectory of the program under Carolyn Kieger.
Over the past eight months, the issue of having players who can contribute hasn’t been a problem, as Marquette has snagged a total of seven commitments for next fall. All of the future Golden Eagles have nice things said about them by their coaches and so forth, and scouting reports make it sound like they’ll all fit in with Kieger’s program.
But MU didn’t have a major top tier recruit to help fill in the blanks with the all-Big East caliber players that will be departing. More importantly, they were striking out on top 100 prospects. Sydnee Roby from right here in Milwaukee elected to go to Miami, and Kaelynn Satterfield chose Ohio State.
That changed on Friday night, when Shemera Williams announced her commitment to attend Marquette starting next fall.
Milwaukee Academy of Science star @_Swilliams10 aka "SheBron" is keeping her talents in state next year to play for @MarquetteWBB. Williams led the NATION in scoring last year with 39.9 ppg. Huge get for @ckieger. pic.twitter.com/BB6FsHgav0— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) November 9, 2018
I really like that whole family covered up shirt reveal bit. That’s pretty cool.
Shemera Williams is a 5’9” do everything player who attends Milwaukee Academy of Science, just minutes away from Marquette’s campus. She is currently ranked #54 in the country by ESPN and #61 in the country by Prospects Nation.
For this next part, I want you to understand ahead of time that these are very real stats and not typos, okay?
As a junior, Williams averaged 39.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 5.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game.
Not. A. Typo.
Her scoring average is accepted as the best in the country last season, and even while doing that, she still led the state in assists. Oh, and 7.8 assists is a career low. She’s been doing this kind of thing to teams for THREE YEARS now, and no one has any idea of how to stop her.
Now, the cynic in you might say, “hey, isn’t Academy of Science a Division 4 school in the state of Wisconsin?” That’s true, but as we outlined when Williams had the Golden Eagles in her top 10 back in June, she’s been ripping up Division 1 and Division 2 teams on the regular. Yes, college is something different altogether, but if she can throw together performances like those listed in the link there, I think she’ll end up being okay at the collegiate level.
Williams is chasing the Wisconsin state scoring record this season. She’s the 21st player in Wisconsin history to score 2,000 points at the prep level and she starts her senior season just 888 points away from the all time record. She put up 1,038 last year, so 888 should be a walk in the park for her.
With the commitment of Williams now on the board, Marquette has eight freshmen verbally committed to play for the Golden Eagles next fall: [deep breath] Destiny Strother, Jordan King, Taylor Valladay, Camryn Taylor, Claire Kaifes, Nirel Lougbo, and, just recently, Sharna Ayres from Australia.
WBB: Another 2019 commitment reported earlier this week: Marquette lands Sharna Ayres, 5-10 SG, Box Hill Senior Secondary College (Melbourne, Australia); 7th 2019 commit reported for the Golden Eagles https://t.co/q6sKPHPaaB— Raoul (@Raoul_000) October 25, 2018
Confession time: there isn’t an article on this website for Ayres’ commitment. However, perhaps because she’s from Australia, there just isn’t that much on this here internet to really put together for an article. I apologize for the omission to this point.
With those eight women verbally committed to play for Marquette next fall, the Golden Eagles are full up on players. The fall signing period starts next week, so this should be it as far as commitments go. If another one comes down the pike at sometime during the season, well, then we’re going to have to figure out how that’s all going to work out.
In a way, I’m kind of surprised that Kieger is expending all eight spots in one go. Replacing six players with eight in the following recruiting class just puts Marquette into the same position of needing to hit a home run with the Class of 2023. I suppose that’s Future Carolyn’s problem, though.
I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see multiple freshmen next year end up redshirting like Lauren Van Kleunen did, just to try to create some kind of roster balance. Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now: