So way back in early February, I was wandering through the ol’ Twitter searches to see if there were any new Marquette scholarship offers out there to talk about here on this internet website of fun. I found two for Megan Duffy and the women’s basketball team, loaded up the editing end of this article you’re currently reading with the names and tweets in question....... and then got pulled away from writing it for whatever reason and then never came back to it.
So, since we’ve got the time to fill, let’s get back to it, shall we?
Generally speaking, recruiting players that are taller than your head coach is a good plan. When said players are only in their sophomore year of high school and they’re already taller than your head coach, you’re probably doing something right. That just ramps up even more when they’re from your own state.
Via her WisSports.net page, Jordan Meulemans is a 5’11” guard from De Pere, Wisconsin, where she attends (duh) De Pere High School. Her college recruiting got started early when UW-Green Bay offered her a scholarship before she even started playing for the Redbirds in the fall of 2018. In a Green Bay Press Gazette article published on March 27 (hey, good thing I fell behind, huh?), we know that the Class of 2020 prospect already has offers from Green Bay, Milwaukee, Illinois State, and Creighton. I would presume that if two Big East teams are already involved, it’s only a matter of time before Big Ten schools come calling as well.
Meulemans had her sophomore season at De Pere cut short with a non-shooting hand broken finger back on February 11th. She suffered the injury late in a game where she finished with 26 points largely due to a 6-for-7 outing from behind the three-point line. Again from WisSports.net, Meulemans averaged 17.1 points per game for the Redbirds, and she chipped in 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, too. That’s just consistency for her, as that’s what she averaged as a freshman, too. Meulemans ended up as a first team all-conference honoree even with the injury shortened season and landed on the Wisconsin Division 1 all-state honorable mention. Again, this is all as a sophomore, so it’s very clear that she’s going to be one of if not the best player in the state when her senior year rolls around.
It appears that there aren’t any current videos on YouTube of Meulemans for me to embed here. However, she does have a Hudl page and the most recent thing published on it is a sophomore year highlight reel. It’s over six minutes long, so that’s a whole bunch of video from just this past season.
Blessed to recieve my third offer from Marquette University pic.twitter.com/A3TgpFSyFr— Solè (@solewilliams15) January 22, 2020
If you thought that Megan Duffy was getting ahead of the curve by offering a scholarship to a sophomore, well, let me introduce you to Sole Williams, a freshman at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. That puts her in the Class of 2023.
Princeton HS is way ahead of the curve, as they appear to be using the same base software that Marquette uses for their athletic website. That’s incredibly useful, as it provides a roster page that tells us that Williams is a 5’8” guard. It also links us to a statistics page for the entire conference that the Vikings play in, and from there we get a team stats page. Williams led the team in scoring this season as a freshman, going for 12.1 per game. She also averaged 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists (also a team high) and 3.2 steals (also a team high). In case you’re wondering if the team was any good with a freshman leading them in scoring, they went 19-5 overall with a 14-2 mark in conference action, which left them one game behind regular season champs Lakota West. If you want to nitpick a freshman in high school in terms of what they’re doing on the court, we could talk about her 63% free throw shooting percentage or her 28% three-point percentage, but Williams is so far from college hoops right now that it’s not worth the effort.
Offering an in-state sophomore like Meulemans at this point of Duffy’s coaching tenure at Marquette isn’t a surprise. Offering a freshman in Ohio is a little surprising, perhaps, but I would like to point this fact out to you: Princeton High School is a 45 minute drive from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Megan Duffy was the head coach at Miami before she was at Marquette, and so you can see how she might be a little more in tune with the kids who were in eighth grade in her final year there. With that said, a very quick scroll through Williams’ Twitter reveals a scholarship offer from Carolyn Kieger and Penn State, so there’s that.
For the moment, it appears that there aren’t any quality videos to share with you here. Williams does have a Hudl page but it was only started in late January, and there’s just one 1-minute long video from February on it.
Obviously, 2022 and 2023 are a long time off, so it’s hard to get any real feel for Marquette’s roster needs and interests at that point on the calendar. Still, we know what we can expect to open up at the time. Let’s drop in the ol’ scholarship chart here.....
Marquette currently projects to have one scholarship opening up for the 2022-23 school year, as that will follow Chloe Marotta’s senior season. 2023-24 shapes up to be a rampaging disaster in terms of recruiting for Marquette, as that’s the season where MU’s 2019-20 freshmen will have just graduated. The six freshmen will end up joined in eligibility terms by Antwainette Walker, which projects to give Duffy seven scholarships to fill. That’s a serious problem and unfortunately, it’s going to be one that Megan Duffy has to continue to deal with more and more every day.