Who’s ready for some Marquette women’s basketball recruiting news? Well, you’re the one who clicked on this link, so I presume that you are. Our usual check of the ol’ Twitter Machine for news of MU offers turned up head coach Megan Duffy recently extending a scholarship spot to Class of 2022 6’2” guard/wing Lily Hansford.
NCAA I Marquette University has extended an offer to the Uber talented 6-2 Wing Guard Lily Hansford (2022) out of @appletoneastgbb in Wisconsin. Smooth as silk & competes. Displays meekness which is a skill. https://t.co/nyGUpAu6eq— Diener-Ivers Girls Basketball (@DienerIversgals) October 30, 2020
Appleton East 2022 W/G Lily Hansford (6-2) has picked up an NCAA Division I offer from Marquette and head coach Megan Duffy.— Norbert Durst (@NorbertDurst) October 30, 2020
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13 PPG | 80 3PM | 5.9 RPG | 1.7 APG | 1.4 SPG | 2.2 BPG as a sophomore #wisgb —https://t.co/Z726Rsb8E7
The WSN link you see in Norbert Durst’s tweet there sends us to Hansford’s page which confirms that she is 6’2” tall, and it lists her as a guard/wing combo. In 25 games for Appleton East last season, Hansford averaged 13.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.2 blocks, which is pretty good stuff. Mix in a 41% mark from behind the three-point line, and that’s the kind of player that would fit in on any collegiate roster in the country.
Hansford already has high major scholarship offers from Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State, Oregon State, Utah, and Big East rival Providence. Quite honestly, with a list like that especially Oregon State, Illinois, and Providence, I’m wondering what took Marquette so long to get involved. In any case, if she keeps taking steps forward from her sophomore year numbers, that list is just going to keep growing.
Wanna watch two minutes of highlights from August?
Here’s another two minutes of high school game footage:
If you’re looking for more clips, Hansford has a Hudl page that was last updated in April of this year.
And now, the scholarship chart.
The Class of 2021 recruiting department seems pretty quiet for Marquette right now. That would certainly indicate that the two scholarship spots that project to be sitting open in 2021-22 will stay open for the following year. That’s probably the best move for the Golden Eagles, as right now, MU is only expecting to lose Chloe Marotta from the roster. The Class of 2019 is tipping the whole chart lopsided, so creating a three woman class from one senior departing would be pretty helpful.
Anyway, the point of the story is I’m not 100% sure what’s up with MU and 2022 recruiting, and that matters here since that’s Hansford’s class. Like I said earlier, her game seems to be the kind that would fit in anywhere, and what better anywhere is there than just a few miles down the road at Marquette? This all depends, of course, on what Duffy and her staff identify as MU’s biggest weakness for that recruiting class as space ultimately may be limited.