Back in late July, we talked about Milwaukee area Class of 2019 top 70 prospect Sydnee Roby including Marquette women’s basketball in her final seven schools. At some point fairly recently, it appears that Roby adjusted her list to a final five.
Now, all I have to go on here is two tweets, but they’re from familiar names when it comes to women’s basketball recruiting stuff. In fact, the first account is followed by all four members of the Marquette coaching staff as well as former MU head coach and current Pitt assistant Terri Mitchell. With that in mind, I feel pretty comfortable trusting what we’ve got here.
Another update of the WBB Blog 2019 finalists page— Raoul (@Raoul_000) September 17, 2018
—added additional visits reported this weekend, including Klarke Sconiers to Auburn
—Sydnee Roby update: down to five schools, will take final official to Cal, announce decision in Novemberhttps://t.co/eKJzXSKFey pic.twitter.com/VcvCS9N9x9
2019 4-Star C Sydnee Roby has cut her list to 5: Miami (FL), Texas A&M, Michigan State, Marquette, and Cal.— Hoops Central (@HoopsCentral7) September 18, 2018
Gone from Roby’s list are Notre Dame and Louisville, leaving California, Miami, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and the Golden Eagles as her finalists. As you can see from the image in the tweet and/or on the site linked to in the tweet, Roby has already taken official visits to Michigan State, Texas A&M, and Miami. She does not have visits currently scheduled for Cal or Marquette, but as mentioned above, Roby is from Milwaukee. There’s literally nothing stopping her from making her way to campus to stop and chat with Carolyn Kieger and her staff whenever she wants.
The 6’3” Roby is currently ranked #64 in the country by ESPN and #59 in the country by Prospects Nation. She averaged 17.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.7 blocks for Rufus King High School as a junior, leading the Generals as far as the Wisconsin Division 1 quarterfinals. She would provide Marquette with a post presence that they have not had under Kieger’s guidance, and there are multiple scouting reports out there that indicate that she can get out and run in transition, which would be of major importance to anyone looking to play for this incarnation of the Golden Eagles.
Marquette recently hosted Shemera Williams, another top 70 prospect in the Class of 2019 for an official visit, and Kaelynn Satterfield, a top 60 prospect in the class, has the Golden Eagles in her final six. She hasn’t scheduled a visit, so it’s unclear how seriously the New York native is considering MU.
The Class of 2019 is a big one for Kieger and her staff, even though they already have three commitments lined up. Here’s what the scholarship chart looks like right now:
Destiny Strother was the first player aboard for 2019, with Jordan King second and Claire Kaifes making her commitment recently. That leaves Marquette with a whopping five possible open scholarship spots to fill following the departure of the 2018-19 senior class led by 2018 Big East Player of the Year Allazia Blockton. With the athletic future of Tori McCoy in doubt, Marquette currently doesn’t project to have enough players to even go five-on-five in practice, so they need players who can contribute immediately in a very real way.