I promise you, the loyal Anonymous Eagle reader, that I am trying very hard to pay attention to Marquette women’s basketball recruiting news. However, it’s just not very well covered, so it’s hard to find info sometimes.
That’s how we end up with things like me telling you that head coach Carolyn Kieger offered a scholarship to Class of 2019 forward Camryn Taylor.... a week ago.
Taylor is listed at 6’2” in the tweet announcing her offer, and I’ve found two different sources online that mark her at 6’1”. I’m inclined to believe the tweet, as it is most likely the most recent gauge on her.
Through the Illinois state supersectional round (that’s what they call the state quarterfinals), Taylor was averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds this season. If that doesn’t sound super impressive to you, that’s fair, but I have two caveats for you. First, she’s a junior, and Taylor was joined on the Associated Press’ All-Illinois First Team by senior teammate Kourtney Crane, who tallies 13.5 per game. Second, 11.5 points is a lot when you win the Class 3A state title by a final score of 55-46. It was a come from behind victory for Richwoods, and Taylor chipped in 11 points in the win. She’s capable of explosions, too, as Taylor drove Richwoods’ supersectional win over Kankakee with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Here’s a highlight package for Taylor, but be advised: it was published in November 2016, which would be early in her sophomore year.
The 2019 recruiting class is going to be a big one for Marquette, mostly likely in size, but also in impact. Kieger and her staff will be attempting (and that is the correct word, attempting) to replace their core five rising seniors, led by reigning Big East Player of the Year Allazia Blockton. Those five women do an amazing job for the Golden Eagles, but the question does still remain who will become the focal point of the offense when they are gone beginning in the fall of 2019. The presumption was that it would be Ohio State transfer Tori McCoy, but we have to back off of that thought process until we see what McCoy can offer this team next year while also dealing with kidney dialysis three times a week. It’s very possible that the answer to that question is “nothing.”
MU already has one commitment for 2019 from Michigan native Destiny Strother. Here’s how the Marquette scholarship situation looks going forward.