Hey, let’s climb into the wayback machine and discuss a little bit of Marquette women’s basketball recruiting news!
Okay, maybe not the wayback machine. Just the back machine? We only need to go back to the first day of September, when Milwaukee’s very own Shemera Williams announced that she’ll be taking an official visit to Marquette later this month. She’ll be on campus from September 21st through the 23rd.
First Official Visit! Marquette Fans! pic.twitter.com/Ac7sjLprCn— Shemera Williams (@_Swilliams10) September 1, 2018
Since Williams announced that Marquette was in her final six back in early August, ESPN has adjusted her ranking in the class of 2019, moving her down a dozen spots to #54 in the country. Prospects Nation is holding steady, although they have the 5’7” Williams ranked #61 in the country.
Through three seasons playing for Milwaukee Academy of Science, Williams has become the 21st player in Wisconsin history to break the 2,000 career points barrier. Yes, she did that during her junior campaign, getting there by averaging 26 points as a freshman, 31.6 points as a sophomore, and — this is not a typo — 39.9 points per game as a junior. According to MaxPreps.com, which measures her at 5’9” by the way, that 39.9 per contest mark was the best scoring average in the country last season. This kind of output isn’t a surprise to the Marquette coaching staff, who offered Williams a scholarship back when she was in 8th grade.
Shemera Williams is one of three top 70 Class of 2019 prospects that included the Golden Eagles in a cutdown list over the summer. Kaelynn Satterfield and Sydnee Roby are the other two, and as far as I can tell, neither have visits to Marquette lined up quite yet. At the very least, they’re not making them public.
Marquette already has two commitments for the Class of 2019 in Destiny Strother and Jordan King. However, the Golden Eagles still have a lot of available scholarship space. Here’s the chart as it stands right now:
That’s a lot of space left empty by the 2018-19 seniors. It seems that getting Williams on board is a priority for the Golden Eagles coaching staff, which makes sense from a lot of perspectives: She’s a do-it-all talent, she scores like crazy, and she’s from Milwaukee. Those are three big things in how Carolyn Kieger has re-established the Marquette program as a contender in the Big East, so it makes sense to attempt to keep those trends going as long as possible.