Can I interest you in some discussion of Marquette women’s basketball recruiting for the Class of 2023? While tracking down details of the men’s team offering a scholarship to noted Milwaukee guy Jeffery Brazziel, I discovered this tweet from Class of 2023 prospect Macy Brown. She’s the newest recruit to earn a scholarship offer from MU head coach Megan Duffy.
So excited to receive an offer from Marquette University!! Thank you coaches for this amazing opportunity!! @CoachMeganDuffy @coachtgMU @jcraterman @ItoroColeman @M_B_A_Bball pic.twitter.com/3Kafvu2E2F— Macy Brown (@macybrown_7) October 13, 2020
Thanks to the gloriousness that is MLive.com’s dedication to covering high school girls’ basketball, we know that Macy Brown is a 6’0” tall guard currently in her sophomore year at East Grand Rapids High School in — duh — East Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is — again, duh — an eastern suburb of Grand Rapids on the western side of the state. As a freshman last year, Brown averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 steals per game, and if you’re wondering if that’s because EGR wasn’t particularly good thus allowing a freshman to star for them, you are wrong. The squad went 22-1 in 2019-20, winning conference and district titles as well as getting to the regional finals before the pandemic shut down the state tournament.
Brown comes from a family that is sending daughters to Division 1 hoops. Oldest sister Olivia is a sophomore at St. Bonaventure, where she started 16 of 30 appearances and averaged 7.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists while shooting 35% from downtown. Next in line Jillian was a junior on that EGR team that went 22-1, and she’s committed to Northwestern.
As of September 15 of this year, Brown already had five Division 1 offers to play college hoops, with three coming from high major teams. As you can probably guess, they’re all from the Big Ten in the form of Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska. I could have given you two tries and I bet you could have gotten the first two just on “high major.” Relative to Marquette offering Brown a spot, I think the Michigan offer is the most interesting one, as Kim Barnes Arico is the head coach there. MU head coach Megan Duffy got her Division 1 coaching start as an assistant to KBA at St. John’s, so even now a few years later, there’s going to be some similarities in what kind of players both women want to have on their rosters.
Can I interest you in a scouting report or two? Here’s Brown’s high school coach:
“Macy has a lot of potential and is already a heck of player,” Pioneers coach Troy Hammond said. “I think she is really crafty at attacking the basket. As a lefty, it’s a little bit different to defend. She has deep range shooting the basketball and she is the tallest of the Brown sisters, I believe. She is a tough matchup for people.”
And here’s her mom:
“We are just very proud, and we are very blessed for them to all have the opportunity to play college basketball,” Brown’s mother, Noelle Brown said. “She has been working very hard and I saw a big jump in in her game and focus and discipline the last three months.
“I think she has improved a lot in her shooting. Her decision-making with the ball as a point guard has improved quite a bit. She is playing with a lot more poise and under control. Just her ability to see the floor and shoot the 3 has increased quite a bit.”
Now, before you say “hey, wait, did you just include nice things her mom said about her? Yes! Thanks to this hot off the presses article from the EGR student newspaper, we know that Noelle Brown has been coaching all three young women from a young age, so we’ll go ahead and trust her insight in this department.
And now, onto the scholarship chart. If you have questions about the (CV?) notes, then check this out.
Fall of 2023 is a long ways off, as evidenced by the fact that the projected seniors for 2023-24 are the four women who are currently experiencing their first tastes of college basketball in Milwaukee. As such, there’s a lot of twists and turns that can happen to a roster between now and then. For now, though, we’ll point out that the 2023 recruiting class projects as a big one for Megan Duffy and her staff. That looks to be the year where they’ll be replacing the six women that constituted last year’s freshman class. Replacing six roster spots at once is a tall order, so we’ll have to wait and see if Duffy even tries to do that. Even if she doesn’t, the Class of 2023 is going to need to bring some talented players to the team, as the sheer number of minutes that will need to be replaced will be pretty high. With top 60 prospect Kendra Gillispie on the board for 2021, things are definitely looking up in terms of the level of talent that Duffy and her staff are bringing in, so we’ll see how 2022 goes as well.