We seem to be running on a steady stream of women’s basketball recruiting news as of late, and news of a new scholarship offer continues that binge. On Tuesday afternoon, Milwaukee area guard Kaye Clark announced on Twitter that she has recently been offered a scholarship by Marquette and head coach Carolyn Kieger.
Blessed to recieve offers from Indiana State University— k.kayee (@kkayee1) June 12, 2018
University of Illinois Chicago &
Marquette University over the last couple days
Clark’s WisSports.net and MaxPreps pages are in agreement that she’s a 5’8” guard and that she attends Rufus King High School, less than five miles away from Marquette’s campus. This past season, she averaged 14.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 4.3 steals per game. It’s a career high average in points and steals for Clark, but right about her career average in rebounds and assists. She appears to get most of her points going to the rim, as she has only attempted 35 three-point attempts in her three seasons of prep hoops.
Rufus King went 20-5 last season and reached the Wisconsin Division 1 quarterfinals before being bounced by Oak Creek. This followed up a 25-1 season the year before where their undefeated run was stemmed in the state tournament semifinals by Appleton North. Big things will likely be expected from the Generals in 2018-19, and not just because it’s going to be Clark’s senior season.
Clark is teammates and classmates with Sydnee Roby, a 6’3” center who is ranked #57 in the country, just a few notches behind Shemera Williams, who just included the Golden Eagles in her top 10. Roby averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and nearly three blocks per game last season. I mention her because attention on Roby may end up drawing attention to Clark as the summer and their senior seasons carry onwards.
While this falls into the department of pure speculation and nothing more, the offer to Clark reminds me of the story of Allazia Blockton and Amani Wilborn. Blockton and Wilborn have discussed their “if you go, I’ll go” relationship in terms of recruitment, and offering a scholarship to Roby’s teammate at this stage of the game gives off a certain similar vibe. Could be nothing, as I have nothing solid to indicate that Roby is a Marquette lean at this point, and this ESPNW article doesn’t even mention the Golden Eagles amongst Roby’s unofficial visits through this past November. It could just be Kieger and the staff identifying something in Clark that they need on the roster at this juncture.
There’s nothing in terms of recent highlight videos for Clark on YouTube, but this Hudl page does have a bunch of clips from this past fall. Nothing newer than December, but that’s still a lot more current than anything else out there.
The 2019 recruiting class continues to be a major focal point for Marquette women’s basketball. The Golden Eagles will have six scholarships coming free after the 2018-19 season, and replacing the production of the five junior starters from last year’s NCAA tournament team who will be seniors next season will not be easy. MU already has two commitments for 2019 in Destiny Strother and Jordan King, but they’re taking up scholarships that aren’t being used this coming season. Kieger and her staff still have six spots to play with, although top 70 prospect and burgeoning Wisconsin legend Shemera Williams recently included the Golden Eagles in her top 10.
Here’s the scholarship picture as it stands right now.