One of the parts of paying attention to college basketball recruiting is that we’re always looking to the future. Sometimes, this involves looking to the far future, and that’s what we have today in two new scholarship offers from Marquette women’s basketball.
Let’s go in chronological order, shall we?
Emily LaChapell (5’10 W) receives a Division I offer from @CoachMeganDuffy & the Marquette Golden Eagles of the @BIGEASTWBB !— WI Flight Elite (@flightelitebb) May 28, 2019
️elieve the #FlightHype‼️#theFlightWay #wisgb
@MarquetteWBB @NorbertDurst @broadway21 pic.twitter.com/RHy8xAAyF7
As you’ve probably already figured out from the tweet there, Emily LaChapell is a 5’10” wing in the Class of 2022. That means she is just now finishing up her freshman year of high school. She plays her club hoops for Wisconsin Flight Elite and attends Appleton East High School.
WisSports.net has 20 games in the 2018-19 season logged for her, and she averaged 17.6 points per game in those contests. Again, that’s as a freshman. They don’t have any other stats listed, so I can’t give you much more context than that. I can, however, tell you that MaxPreps says that Appleton East went 18-5 this season, and advanced to the WIAA Division 1 Sweet 16. She was named to the Fox 11 (that’s the Green Bay affiliate) all-area second team, and their article had this to say about her in addition to marking her at 17.6 points per game:
The freshman led East back into contention in the FVA and had no issue being a major ball handler.
So there’s that.
It doesn’t look like there’s any YouTube videos of her out there, but she does have a Hudl page loaded up with lots of highlight clips.
Congrats to Kamorea (KK) Arnold (2023) on receiving a scholarship offer from Marquette University! @Kamorea_2023— Wisconsin Impact (@WisImpact) May 31, 2019
Blessed to say I received my first offer today from Marquette University. Thank you Coach Duffy , Coach Merritt , Coach Skeete and Coach Raterman pic.twitter.com/H99sy4vh55— Kamorea (KK) Arnold (@Kamorea_2023) May 31, 2019
Y’all are smart and can do math. If Emily LaChapell is a Class of 2022 recruit and she’s just finishing her freshman year, then yes, Class of 2023 prospect Kamorea Arnold is wrapping up eighth grade right now. Feel free to insert all of the “yeah, well, we’ll see” about her recruitment that you want to right now, because November 2022, when she’ll be first eligible to sign a letter of intent, is a long, long, long way off right now.
Since she hasn’t actually started high school, I can’t quite tell you exactly where she’s attending high school. From a scroll through of her tweets, I can tell you that according to a roster from a hoops event of some sort that she went to in May 2018, she lives in Germantown right here in Wisconsin. The same roster also says she was 5’6” at the time, but again, that was a year ago, and it looks like she’s 5’8” now. REMINDER: That’s a 5’8” eighth grader. As you can see from the tweets, she plays club basketball with Wisconsin Impact, and from a look at their timeline, it appears that Arnold is playing with their 2022 team. That means she’s playing against girls a year older than her, and further examination tells us that she’s doing some heavy lifting on the scoring end.
Impact 2022 wins the championship with a 65-57 win over North Tartan 9th Scalia. Scoring leaders were Kamorea Arnold (17), Ashlyn Skinner-Barrett (13), and Gabby Klas (11). This team is playing well and will only get better when we have everyone! pic.twitter.com/L3N4Riu95N— Wisconsin Impact (@WisImpact) May 19, 2019
Impact 2022 advances to the championship bracket with a 47-42 win over MN Stars 2023 Hersch. Kamorea Arnold (18), Emilie Wizner (9), and Julianna Ouimette (9) led the scoring attack.— Wisconsin Impact (@WisImpact) May 19, 2019
Impact 2022 defeated Metro Stars 2022 74-48. Kamorea (KK) Arnold (2023) with 24, McKenna Monogue with 15, and Megan Zielsdorf with 10 to lead the scoring— Wisconsin Impact (@WisImpact) May 18, 2019
You get the idea.
It’s a pretty good sign if she’s holding her own and in fact actually starring while playing a year up, but it’s still a long way til November 2023 in terms of basketball development for everyone involved. We’ll see what happens between now and then.
To give you a better picture of how far away we are from Kamorea Arnold turning up on a college campus, let’s put it this way: If she were to end up playing for Marquette, none of the 2019-20 freshmen — the players who haven’t arrived on campus to start their collegiate careers yet — would still be in college when Arnold is a freshman.
That’s a looooooong ways away.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now, although it’s impossible to say what it will actually look like when 2022 and LaChapell’s freshman year rolls around.