From time to time, I just punch “Marquette offer” into the Twitter machine to see what comes up in terms of new Marquette recruiting information. A lot of times all I see is mention of various athletes that have been offered by Marquette in the past and have gotten a new offer from somewhere else now.
Sometimes, it’s a new offer from the Golden Eagles. That happened twice on Monday afternoon, and twice again on Tuesday, and all four of the offers came from new MU women’s basketball head coach Megan Duffy.
Nkumu is a Class of 2020 prospect out of Iowa City, Iowa. She was averaging 13.6 points per game in February of her sophomore year with two other Division 1 prospects helping push the team to a 17-0 record at the time. This article from this past November from Prep Girls Hoops is mostly behind a paywall, but the preview says she finished averaging 13.2 points, 3.1 assists, and 3.2 steals. As a 5’8” junior, she averaged 19.0 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.7 steals as her team went 19-3.
I found a Hudl page for her, which includes this four minute highlight reel from the 5A state quarterfinals. Iowa City High lost the game, 66-59 in overtime, but Nkumu went for 25 points, four rebounds, four assists, and six steals in 36 minutes. She was just 8-for-18 from the field, but knocked down five of her 11 threes, including one with 33 seconds left to force the extra session, for an effective field goal percentage of 58.3%.
That’s McDaniel’s own tweet announcing her offer, but the more important one in terms of information comes from her high school team account. Kenwood Academy lets us know that McDaniel is a Class of 2022 prospect.
That means that she just finished her freshman campaign for the Broncos. According to Max Preps, the 5’11” McDaniel averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. Lemme tell you what: If that’s her floor as a prep player, that’s pretty flipping impressive. Kenwood lost to Whitney Young in the 2019 4A Regional Finals, 67-63, but McDaniel gave it her all there. She had 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks in the game.
This appears to be a five minute long highlight reel of McDaniel’s freshman year at Kenwood, so enjoy.
The next two are the Tuesday entries to the list, and they’re both from the same club team. That’s not terribly surprising, especially this early in Duffy’s tenure. Both are long distance prospects, although not as long distance as McDaniel. We should probably have a tiny chat with whoever’s running the club’s social media accounts in terms of what is and is not a picture of the women’s basketball arena experience, but that’s a minor quibble.
Griffin, a Class of 2021 prospect, attends Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield, Illinois. If you wanted to be generous about it, you could call Plainfield a southwest suburb of Chicago, but it’s also further west than Joliet, so that’s up to you.
As it turns out, this is actually Marquette re-issuing or confirming a scholarship offer. We wrote about Carolyn Kieger offering a scholarship to Griffin back in September, so here we have Duffy letting her know that the offer still stands.
A different tweet lets us know that Hall already has offers from LSU, Iowa, and Dayton.
As was the case with her club teammate, Hall already received a scholarship offer from Carolyn Kieger back in April of 2018. I like the continuity involved here, as it’s Duffy taking advantage of tape and information already on hand as well as the knowledge brought to the table by retaining Vernette Skeete and Scott Merritt as assistant coaches.
I can’t really track down anything particularly new or interesting in terms of stats or what have you for Griffin and Hall, so we’ll wrap up with the most up to date scholarship chart, at least for now. We know that Jordan King has already recommitted to playing for Marquette and Duffy this fall, but everything else is up in the air.