Marquette Signs Two in Recruiting Class
Nov. 9, 2016
MILWAUKEE— Marquette University women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger announces her third recruiting class, signing two players to National Letters of Intent. Selena Lott and Myriama Smith Traore will join the Golden Eagles in the summer of 2017 and each will have four years of eligibility to play for Marquette.
“I am extremely excited to have both Selena and Myriama join our Marquette family,” stated Kieger. “Both student-athletes will immediately make an impact for us and help take our team to the next level.”
Lott is a 5’11 guard from East Greenbush, New York and was named an NYSSWA Class A All-State selection in 2016, while playing at Columbia High School. ESPN Hoopgurlz 2017 has ranked Lott top-30 in her class for her position, while Dan Olsen’s Collegiate Basketball Report has her ranked 102 overall. Lott has been named to the Times Union AA All-Star First Team and holds the record for most points by a female basketball player in a game with 43.
“Selena is the best guard defender I have ever seen at her age,” Kieger said. “She is a tenacious on-ball defender and never backs down. Her athleticism on both ends of the court make her special and truly sets her apart. What drew me to her from the beginning was her fierce drive to compete.”
Smith Traore is a native of Whitewater, Wisconsin, where the 6’2 forward plays for Whitewater High School and led her squad to a 2015 Wisconsin State Championship. She was named RVC-North Player of the Year and Janesville Gazette Player of the Year in 2016, and was the only unanimous selection for first team All-State. In the 2015-16 season, Smith Traore tallied the most defensive rebounds in the state with 220 and tied for the most blocks in a season for the state of Wisconsin with 120.
BlueStarBB.com has Smith Traore ranked No. 39 in the country, while GirlsBasketballReport.com has ranked her No. 185 overall.
“It is always great to keep home talent in our state and Myriama will be a fantastic addition as she embodies everything Marquette stands for,” Kieger said. “On the court she is versatile, hard-working and is one of the most athletic bigs in her class, but I am most excited about her leadership and competitiveness. She makes everyone around her better and is the total complete player.”
“Both Myriama and Selena have bought into our culture and are thrilled to wear Marquette with pride. I am confident that both young women will help elevate our program and fit perfectly into our style of play,” Kieger added. “I could not be more excited for our two new additions.”
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