GREEN BAY — Earlier this summer Sandy Cohen and Natisha Hiedeman were in the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, shooting baskets.
Cohen, the former Seymour basketball star, is headed to Marquette this coming year and took his half-sister to campus, maybe to persuade her to make the same decision he did.
This past weekend, Hiedeman did make the same decision, verbally committing to Marquette. The Green Bay Southwest guard received an offer about one month ago from the Golden Eagles, so it didn’t take long for her to make a decision.
“The coaching staff is great,” said Hiedeman. “I really like Milwaukee. I was down there a lot for my AAU team. I thought it would be a really good fit for me.”
Hiedeman, who averaged 17.5 points per game last season, while leading the Trojans to a 17-7 record, picked Marquette over Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois State, Minnesota, UW-Milwaukee and Northern Illinois.
Two state schools who didn’t offer Hiedeman were Green Bay and Wisconsin, although the Badgers had talked to her, she said. Why not an offer from her hometown team, Green Bay?
Hiedeman wasn’t sure, but it may have to do with guard depth. The Phoenix does have Notre Dame’s Allie LeClaire, Oconto’s Laken James and Black Hawk’s Jen Wellnitz arriving this coming season and next year Kimberly’s all-state guard Frankie Wurtz will join the team.
If it wasn’t depth, maybe something else?
“Maybe I wouldn’t have fit their style,” she said. “No hard feelings, though.”
Hiedeman said being at the same school as her half-brother played a role in her decision.
“That played a little bit of a factor, I guess,” she said. “I didn’t want to bother him. We talked about it and he said he would love for me to come there.
“I think it’s pretty unique. I think it’s going to be a really fun time. I’m always going to have someone down there for me and I’ll be there for him if he needs me. I’m really excited.”
Hiedeman has scored more than 1,000 career points and her play year after year in high school suggested she was going to reach this level one day. Nonetheless, she’s still thrilled.
“Going into high school I had no idea it was going to be this big,” she said. “You think when you’re growing up of going to a big school.”
Before heading for college, Hiedeman is looking forward to her senior season and hoping to go out with a bang. She feels the Trojans can be a factor in the Fox River Classic Conference.
“That’s the plan,” she said. “We always set big goals. I’m sure state’s going to be on our list this year. I’m excited about this upcoming year. I think we’re going to be pretty good.
“I just got to get better. A lot of people are looking me up on the team this year, so I have to get it done.”
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