When DePaul called, Meghan Waldron just couldn’t say no.
Wheaton Warrenville South’s junior guard, recently offered a scholarship by DePaul, committed to coach Doug Bruno and the Blue Demons this weekend.
Waldron’s decision ultimately came down to DePaul and Northwestern, who both saw her in person the last two weeks.
“The offer from DePaul came, and she had to jump on it,” WW South coach Rob Kroehnke said. “It’s a good fit. She’s happy to be getting it done, but she was also enjoying the process.”
Blue Demon blood runs in Waldron’s genes. Her mom, Jean Fitzpatrick-Waldron, a 1982 Willowbrook graduate, played at DePaul after starring at Willowbrook.
“But that also was a concern for her. Not a sticking point, but a concern,” Kroehnke said, alluding to the anxiety of living up to her mom’s legacy. “She’s going there to make her own mark.”
Waldron isn’t near done in Wheaton but already has left quite a mark.
She recently became the sixth player in program history to score 1,000 varsity points. Last year she led WW South to a 28-4 finish, DuPage Valley Conference co-championship and sectional final and was named the Daily Herald’s DuPage County All-Area Captain.
This season Waldron is averaging 18 points, 8.4 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 steals for the Tigers, who are 24-3 and leading the DVC. Despite losing two starters to season-ending ACL tears, Waldron and WW South have won 23 of their last 24 games. With Bruno in attendance 10 days ago, Waldron scored a season-high 26 to beat Naperville Central.
Waldron will join a DePaul program that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons with Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2006 and 2011 under Bruno, now in his 27th season in Lincoln Park.
“She’s going to a program that fits her style of play,” Kroehnke said.
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