I’ve talked about it a time or two on these electronic pages before, but it’s not easy to track down Marquette women’s basketball recruiting news. The attention disparity between both men’s and women’s college basketball contributes to that, as does the attention disparity between boys’ and girls’ high school basketball. This often leads to articles on this site talking about things that are days or even weeks old because that’s just when I (sometimes/usually accidentally) find out about them.
Last week, I published a rundown of Marquette women’s hoops scholarship offers that I had uncovered by way of a Twitter search thanks to prominent knowledge of the men’s team offering a bunch of scholarships. A couple of days later, the program director of the club team of one of the newly offered players — and someone whose tweets I had included in the original article — responded on Twitter with a couple of notes.
In the original article, I highlighted an offer to Angela Dugalic, a 6’3” center in the class of 2020 who attends Maine West High School in the Chicago area. I included the tweet from @ChiHoopsExpress that mentioned the offer, and Jerald Davis, the voice behind the account and the Chicago Hoops Express program, wanted to clarify part of what I wrote about Dugalic.
Due to that aforementioned gap in attention and coverage of girls’ hoops, sometimes I have to draw conclusions from what information I can find. I wrote this about Dugalic:
According to this recap of the 2018 Illinois Class 4A third place game, she’s a 6’3” center who scored 13 points in Maine West’s 45-41 victory. MaxPreps shows her averaging 7.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game, but only 0.9 blocks as a freshman in 2016-17, but as far as I can tell, they don’t have stats for this past season. That sounds like a pretty small bunch of totals in terms of stats, but if most of their games are struggling to crack 50, then it’s probably actually pretty good, especially for a freshman.
Like I said, sometimes conclusions have to be drawn, but I feel that was a mostly fair assessment, particularly since I was trying to be positive in the conclusion. Davis offered up some more information on Dugalic’s stats:
@brewtownandy Dugalic's statistical representation is skewed based on a ton of blowout wins and a starting line-up of college bound players including two other DI players. Sophomore year numbers increase but only two teams played within double digits of Maine West.— (CHE) Jerald Davis (@ChiHoopsExpress) May 10, 2018
The two biggest factors in counting stats like points and rebounds per game are always going to be tempo and playing time. Teammate ability factors in there pretty heavily, too, so if Dugalic’s playing on a loaded team that’s blowing teams out but she’s still averaging something like 12 points and eight rebounds, that’s pretty great. Again, we’re talking about sophomore year numbers, so to a certain degree, these are stats that are showing us what Dugalic’s raw talent is capable of, and her ceiling with a little bit of coaching and technique improvement is much higher.
Like I said earlier, getting recruiting information for Marquette women’s basketball can be a little difficult sometimes. Thankfully, Davis came through with information about an offer that I didn’t catch in the previous article nor had I heard it before.
@brewtownandy Proviso West 2019 Keimari Rimmer also has an offer as well.— (CHE) Jerald Davis (@ChiHoopsExpress) May 10, 2018
So, I hate to be that guy, but as far as I can tell, Keimari Rimmer attends Proviso East, not Proviso West. I gotta go with what all the articles and stat sites are telling me, so it is what it is. Rimmer is a 5’10” forward according to this Max Preps page, and she averaged 17.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and a whopping 4.8 steals per game as a junior. She’s been a major contributor to the varsity squad since freshman year when she averaged 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. She certainly sounds like the kind of multi-dimensional player that would excel under MU head coach Carolyn Kieger.
Proviso East went 26-3 this past season with a 12-0 conference record and earned the #2 seed in their sectional of the Illinois Class 4A tournament but fell to #7 seed Maine South, 48-45, in the Regional Finals. According to this box score page, Rimmer finished with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-8 on three-pointers, and she chipped in five rebounds, an assist, and three steals.
Marquette is currently sitting on three open scholarships for this coming fall after running with a full or close to full roster the past few years. Things get very interesting after that, as the Golden Eagles will have six seniors in 2018-19, and right now, MU has just one commitment for the class of 2019.
If you have women’s basketball scholarship news or updates or information, don’t be shy about sharing! Hit me up on Twitter or if you need some space to type, you can always send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like going forward.