Between phone calls and texts, Halle Vice has been in touch with Division I women’s basketball coaches nearly every day for the past two months.
“Certainly crazy,” said the Pleasant Valley High School junior. “It can be stressful at times, but I’m happy to be in the position I’m in now.”
Vice concluded its recruiting process last weekend when it made the decision to verbally commit to Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, Wis., and a member of the Big East Conference. She posted her decision on social media on Tuesday.
The first Class 5A team selection in volleyball and basketball this school year, the 6-foot-1 Vice selected the Golden Eagles over Drake, Creighton and Oklahoma State.
“It was a tough decision, but academically it was the best fit for me as well as for basketball,” she said. “When I went to visit and meet the girls, I clicked with them straight away. The coaches felt like family.
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“It’s close to home, and I can see myself having an impact on their program.”
Vice made visits to Marquette, Drake and Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls were squarely in the game until a coaching change happened in March.
After a strong showing last spring and summer on the AAU circuit with the All-Iowa Attack, Vice saw its recruiting soar. Marquette extended an offer days after last July’s Nike Nationals.
Since then, she has been in contact with Marquette head coach Megan Duffy and her staff. The Golden Eagles were 23-11 last season, reached the semifinals of the Big East Tournament and retired in the third round of the WNIT.
Perennial power Connecticut and Creighton, coming off an Elite Eight appearance, are among the Big East teams.
“It’s a really competitive league, and that’s part of the reason I chose Marquette,” Vice said. “I can just grow as a player there and playing with high competition will only help me in my future.”
Vice had a Face Time session with Duffy and Marquette’s staff to inform them of his decision last weekend.
“I was really confident in my decision,” she said. “I knew this was where I wanted to go after visiting it. It’s exciting to open the next chapter of my life and think about the future.
Vice, the Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season, averaged 19.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as he led the Spartans to a 22-win season and their first win in a state tournament in program history.
She will play with the All-Iowa Attack again this summer, then aim for her senior season.
With his size and versatile skill set — the ability to shoot shorter defenders, drive through taller defenders, or post — Vice is still looking to expand his all-around offensive game this offseason.
The goal is to compete for playing time in his first season at Marquette.
“We haven’t really discussed the timeline, but they see me impacting the program as soon as possible,” Vice said. “It’s my goal to play and gain experience this first year.”
Vice plans to join the university’s physical therapy program.
“I’m pretty sure every little basketball girl dreamed of one day becoming a Division I basketball player,” Vice said. “It hasn’t quite hit me yet, but I’m excited for the next four years after high school.”