NEGR - Northeast Girls Recruiting

Friday Feature: Maggie Whitmore

To kick off the Fall, we are continuing our Friday Feature’s. These Friday Features showcase some of the Class of 2020 committed players. Our goal with these is to give a glimpse into committed senior’s basketball journeys and their thinking throughout the college recruiting process to share with other aspiring college basketball players.
In this week’s Friday Feature, we interviewed Maggie Whitmore. She gives her perspective into her overall recruiting process with thoughtful responses and insight. We also got a chance to hear from her Maine Firecrackers coach, Brian Clement.
Enjoy this week’s Friday Feature with Bentley commit, Maggie Whitmore!


Maggie Whitmore, Class of 2020, 5'11, Pos: G/F, South Portland/Maine Firecrackers, COMMITTED TO: BENTLEY

When did you first start playing basketball?
I have played basketball for as long as I can remember. It runs pretty deep in the family genes.
What was your overall recruiting process like and what were some of the schools that showed interest in you? 
Overall, my recruiting process was very positive. It entailed lots of phone calls, texts, and on campus visits that allowed me to build great relationships with a lot of the coaches. I tried to keep all my options open and just try to find the right fit for me. In the end it came down to Bentley, Stonehill, Saint Anselm, and Bowdoin. 
Did your family, friends, etc. play a role in your decision and how so?
My family and friends didn’t really play a huge role in my decision. They all wanted me to find the best fit for myself and didn’t want their own opinions weighing on my decision. At the time this actually made it more difficult for me but in the end I understand now how important it was that the decision be my own.
Tell us a little bit about your high school and AAU experience and how both played a role in your decision.
Having the opportunity to play for The Maine Firecrackers since fourth grade has allowed me to watch so many great players before me so I knew I wanted to play in college. Both my high school and AAU experience solidified the importance of great team chemistry and positive coaching. It also made me realize that finding the right fit (academics and basketball) was more important than what division. 
In the end, why did you choose Bentley?
In the end, it truly came down to academics. It took knowing myself and where my interests lie to propel me to choose Bentley. I also knew that the balance between academics and athletics would be the right fit and check all the boxes (including location). 
What are you most looking forward to at Bentley?
One of the many things I’m looking forward to is having the opportunity to play at a higher level, especially being able to join and hopefully build on the long standing tradition of Bentley women’s basketball. I’m also really looking forward to being close to Boston and college life. 
What is your favorite memory playing basketball growing up?
It is hard to pick just one memory because there have been so many!! However, this past summer at an AAU tournament in Washington DC, our team played in the top division and had so much success, it was an absolute blast. It was also my last AAU tournament so it was a great way to go out!!
Any advice for players who are looking to play at the next level? (About the recruiting process, on and off the court, etc.)
From a basketball perspective be willing to put more time and effort on your own outside of scheduled practices and games. Also always have an open mind and take the time to reach out to coaches and visit schools that interest you.  
How will your high school team be this upcoming season? What are your goals entering your final season?
I believe that our team should have success this season. We will have a new dynamic due to losing three starters but I am super excited. As a team we always set our goal to be the best we can possibly be and always have the hope of a state championship. 
What are you most excited for in your senior year?
Along with being excited for basketball season, I am excited to have one last year with all my longtime friends. 
Now hear from the Firecrackers Head Coach, Brian Clement, on what he had to say about Maggie!
I have been watching Maggie since 4th grade. Her father was an All-American at Colby College and her grandfather was a legendary coach at Colby for 40 years. Maggie had a feel for the game early, as if it was in her DNA. She was almost always in the right place and had terrific instincts even at ten years old. 
There is never drama with Maggie. She shows up every day and plays hard while playing the right way. This year she was much more vocal and showed some expressions on the court when here teammates made plays and she was also engaged on the bench. I could always count on her competing and playing hard while being a coach on the floor. 
Maggie is relatively quiet but she has an excellent dry sense of humor and is witty. She is also an excellent student.
Maggie has the work ethic, athleticisn, size, and skill to do well at Bentley but I think they are going to especially love her versatility. She can play inside and out, rebound, handle the ball, get by people, and also hit the long ball. 
Maggie was on our top team for three years and came off the bench the first two years shen she was able to grow as she fought for minutes. In her final year there were many games (most of USJN in DC) in which she was the best player on the court in which there were several D1 commits. Maggie is a very solid all-around player with great fundamentals and excellent instincts. There were games I could barely take her off the court and I will sure miss her. In my opinion, Bentley landed a Division 1 player who could have a big impact on their program.