Things have been a bit of a whirlwind around the AE home office in Sioux City, Iowa, so let’s play some catch-up, shall we?
Back on Wednesday evening, Claire Kaifes announced that she was verbally committed to play for Marquette women’s basketball.
WBB: Claire Kaifes, 5-11 SG, Mill Valley HS (Shawnee, KS–2019), has announced her commitment to Marquette (Big East)— Raoul (@Raoul_000) September 20, 2018
Kaifes is a 5’11” shooting guard in the class of 2019 hailing from Shawnee, Kansas, where she attends Mill Valley High School. As far as I can tell, she doesn’t have a Prospects Nation or ESPN recruiting page, nor does her Max Preps page have anything in way of stats for you. I can tell you that she earned Honorable Mention All-State from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association as a junior this past season. Teammate and senior Evan Zars earned First Team honors, so the mantle of leadership for Mill Valley will fall to Kaifes for her senior year.
The Jaguars will be looking to improve on a season where they went 18-5 and reached the state Class 5A quarterfinals. They lost by seven points in that round, but Kaifes was everywhere on the court in the game. She finished the quarterfinal contest with 16 points, five rebounds, eight steals (that’s not a joke), and three blocks. I don’t know about you, but if that kind of outing is representative of Kaifes’ overall play in terms of doing a bit of everything, then she’s going to fit in just fine with MU head coach Carolyn Kieger’s style of play.
There doesn’t seem to be any video of Kaifes online that I can embed here, but I can point you towards her Hudl page, which has clips all the way through to the quarterfinal loss in March. Pinned to the top is a 12 minute long highlight reel from her sophomore season, so it’s a little dated since it’s all over 18 months old. Still, though: 12 minutes of clips all in one spot!
Kaifes is Marquette’s third commitment in the class of 2019. She joins Jordan King and Destiny Strother in the freshman class for that year. While three prospects is a usually pretty solid way to go, it’s clear that Marquette is not done recruiting.
Here’s the scholarship chart as it stands after Kaifes’ commitment.
As you can see, Marquette still projects to have five open scholarships following the departure of the six 2018-19 seniors. With that in mind, you can see why the Golden Eagles are staying active on the recruiting trail. Over the summer, they were included in three cutdown lists by top 70 recruits, and there’s been movement on two of those recently. Shemera Williams is on an official visit to Marquette as I type this, so there’s a chance that Kaifes’ will not be MU’s most recent commitment for long. Sydnee Roby is a top 60 prospect out of Milwaukee just like Williams, and she reportedly kept Marquette in her list while cutting from seven to five. Kaelynn Satterfield is a top 60 player out of New York, and MU is in her final five.