Marquette Signs Nationally Ranked Recruiting Class
Nov. 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE--Marquette University’s head women’s Head coach Terri Mitchell has announced the signing of four to a nationally ranked 2014 recruiting class. Kenisha Bell, Tia Elbert, Hannah Grim, and Shantelle Valentine have signed National Letters of Intent and will join Marquette in the summer of 2014 with four years of eligibility.
Marquette’s 2014 class is gaining notice around the country. Prospectnation.com has the class ranked No. 24, while BlueStar Basketball has ranked the squad No. 26. Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranks MU’s class 27th in the nation and 1st in the BIG EAST Conference.
“I’m excited for these women to join our team next season,” Mitchell said. “They have great character and will blend well with our Marquette family. They are committed to continuing the excellence of this program and will make an immediate impact.”
Three of MU’s four signees hail from Minnesota, while the Golden Eagles pick up another player from Canada.
Bell averaged 12 points per game as a junior at Kennedy. The 5-8 wing/point guard is nationally ranked at her position, including No. 11 by BlueStar Basketball and No. 24 at her position by ESPN.
“Kenisha is an explosive athlete,” Mitchell said. “She can cover ground and is impressive with her defense from end line to end line and uses her athleticism to get to the basket.”
“I am looking forward to meeting new people and excited to play with my new teammates in front of a big crowd,” said Bell. “It will be nice to be close to my family, playing at Marquette.”
Kennedy Head Coach Quinton Johnson on Bell:
“Kenisha is the best on-ball defender in the state of Minnesota and always has a ‘team-first’ mentality. She is talented from A to Z and can pretty much do anything asked of her.”
Elbert is a three-time all-conference selection and was named Minnesota All-State in the 2012-13 season. As a junior she averaged a blistering 36.4 points per contest and 5.0 assists. Elbert is ranked 97th overall in ESPN’s Top 100 and No. 23 at point guard for ESPN. Prospectnation.com has ranked her 92nd nationally.
“Tia is a strong floor leader that can score in a variety of ways,” said Mitchell. “Her versatility in scoring makes her special.”
“I could not be more excited to be joining the Marquette family,” Elbert stated. “I love the hard work and the tradition and the way the team plays. I am most excited about showing people what we are made of and what we can do as a team.”
Tartan Head Coach Charlita Williamson on Elbert:
“Coach Terri is getting an excellent guard and dominant player. Her staff will provide Tia with a family-based culture, which is what she wanted. Tia looks to score and is a good defender. Her personality is superb and she is very coachable. Tia bleeds basketball.”
Grim averaged 18.7 points per game her junior year and earned all-conference accolades. She is a three-sport athlete and ran track and cross country along with basketball.
“Hannah is a combo guard who is a fierce competitor, Mitchell said. “She has an outstanding three-point shot with deep range.”
“Marquette has a really good basketball program with a lot of potential to reach the NCAA tournament,” Grim said. “I chose Marquette because it has a really strong academic reputation and getting a degree from Marquette will take me places in my career. I will be close to home so my family and friends can see me play and I love the coaching staff at Marquette.”
Rosemount Senior Head Coach Chris Orr on Grim:
“The focus on academics was a big part of Hannah’s recruiting process and she found a great fit at Marquette. As a three-sport athlete she has shown a lot of commitment and dedication, which is the kind of player and person that Hannah is.”
Valentine represented Canada in the FIBA World 3x3 Championship held in Jakarta, Indonesia in fall 2013. The team ranked ninth with a 5-1 record.
“Shantelle is a long, athletic post player that runs the court,” Mitchell said. She is a tremendous rebounder and hasn’t even scratched the surface of what she is capable of doing.”
“I’m a player that loves being close with my team,” Valentine said. “Marquette’s team is so welcoming and it is a great fit. I felt comfortable after my visit and knew that I could see myself playing there. Marquette has an upbeat team, which fits because I like to run the floor and rebound.”
Brampton Warrior Juel Head Coach Jason Harris on Valentine:
“Shantelle can rebound and can score. She has a high basketball IQ and I think she will be a great player by the time she is finished playing at Marquette.”
Summer basketball coach Yaw Afful on Valentine:
“As an international student with family ties to Jamaica and Toronto, Shantelle will be an ambassador by using sports to uplift young players back home in the future. Her development is credited to Canadian basketball personnel, including Agnes Borg, Hugh Riley and Jason Harris.”