Marquette women’s basketball continues to recruit for the Class of 2019. That much is clear after the staff issued a scholarship offer to Kansas native Claire Kaifes last week.
Thankful to have received an offer from Marquette University! pic.twitter.com/1yg87vtBMb— Claire Kaifes (@kaifes_25) July 31, 2018
Here are a few more offers from yesterday for 2019 prospects:— Raoul (@Raoul_000) July 31, 2018
Jayah Hicks (MI): South Carolina State
Maura Huwalt (PA): Fairleigh Dickinson
Claire Kaifes (KS): Marquette
Shemera Williams (WI): Missouri
From her MaxPreps page, we can discover that Kaifes is a 5’11” shooting guard. She attends Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. The Jaguars went 18-5 last season and reached the state Class 5A quarterfinals before bowing out of the tournament. While the team lost 44-37, Kaifes assembled an amazing game, going for 16 points, five rebounds, eight (!) steals, and three blocks.
I can’t find much in the way of stats for the season for Kaifes, nor can I find videos I can embed here. However, Kaifes does have a Hudl page, which is updated through that quarterfinals loss and has a bunch of videos on it. At least as of this writing, pinned to the top is a 12 (!) minute long highlight reel of her 2016-17 sophomore year.
Marquette already has two commitments for the class of 2019 in Jordan King and Destiny Strother. However, those two women essentially occupy the two scholarships that currently sit open on the MU roster, leaving six more spots coming open after the departure of the 2018-19 senior class. That includes all five women who return from the 2017-18 starting lineup, so not only is head coach Carolyn Kieger looking to fill spots on her roster just to make sure she can run 5-on-5 scrimmages, she’s also looking to replace some of the most productive players in program history. Marquette has recently been included in a number of cutdown lists for top 100 prospects in the class of 2019, so the possibilities are out there for the Golden Eagles. They just haven’t turned into roster spots quite yet.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like going forward.