As basketball season gets underway, time is at a premium around these parts. There’s games left, right and center, and that means previews and recaps and, of course, just watching the games, too. As such, sometimes things get pushed to the back burner until a more opportune moment.
Scholarship offers in the Class of 2023 can be one of those things. All due respect to the sophomore hoopers out there, but it’s a lot more important for us to talk about tomorrow’s game than it is to talk about a scholarship offer for a player that’s still two years away from signing a letter of intent.
That’s how we end up being 11 days late to talking about Marquette women’s basketball offering a scholarship to Class of 2023 guard Tyonna Bailey.
Congrats to sophomore @TyonnaBailey24 on her offer from @MarquetteWBB today@ItoroColeman @CoachMeganDuffy @TB5ALLin @ASGR1995 @BlueStarMedia1 @WorldExposureWB @BrandonGouldHS @jerrydelpriore @BoostWbb @NYGHoops @dailyrecordspts @MorrSussSports @CoachAhmad3 @MrRMadar pic.twitter.com/YrZ1JzSZM0— Morris Catholic Girls Basketball (@mcgirlshoops) December 5, 2020
Thanks to a very helpful NJ.com archive, we know that Tyonna Bailey is a 5’10” guard. The tweet already explained that she attends Morris Catholic in Denville, New Jersey in the northern part of the state. To give you a better idea of the location, the school is about a 30 minute drive from Seton Hall’s campus. NJ.com isn’t super great relative to averages, but they have total stats, so we can do some math to tell you that Bailey averaged 18.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals in 26 games of available stats last season. I should point out/remind you that Bailey did this all as a freshman for Morris Catholic, so that adds a certain amount of extra sauce to the impressive accomplishments during a 17-11 season for the Crusaders.
Something called Brooklyn Sports World seems very invested in reporting on Tyonna Bailey’s scholarship offers. In June, they noted that she already had high major offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Oklahoma alongside Big East rivals Georgetown and Seton Hall. A scroll through Bailey’s Twitter shows that she picked up an offer from DePaul in late September as well as ones from St. John’s, Virginia, and Virginia Tech in November. I don’t have anything for you in terms of ratings or rankings for Bailey at this point, but that kind of high major attention for someone who is halfway through their sophomore year of high school is pretty informative in terms of potential.
I’ve got a five minute highlight reel for you that was published back in late April of this year. It appears to be exclusively clips from her high school season.
Bailey also has a Hudl page with a pretty deep archive of videos. I’m not sure how much of that is duplicated in the YouTube video I just embedded, but it’s there if you’re interested.
Let’s go to the scholarship chart, shall we?
A scholarship offer to a sophomore with the kind of high major attention that Bailey is getting already is pretty notable for Marquette. When the fall of 2023 rolls around, Marquette is projected to be replacing the six woman group of current sophomores on the roster. Over the next two seasons, those six players are going to be carrying bigger and bigger loads for head coach Megan Duffy and the Golden Eagles. Replacing six roster spots all at once isn’t ideal, but it’s a problem that Duffy was handed by departing head coach Carolyn Kieger. If Bailey pans out to be the kind of prospect that nearly a dozen high major coaches already think she is, then she would be a very valuable addition to a roster that is going to need a severe influx of talent when she will be a freshman. It’s a long road between now and then, of course, so we’ll have to wait and see where this all takes both the Golden Eagles and Bailey by the time she can sign a letter of intent in November 2022.