2022-2023 Season.


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Ouch! She has been through a lot. I personally would take a chance on her, from everything that I have read she really could be a positive influence on our young team with her grit, resilience and leadership 〽️
 

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On the face of it this is concerning. She has played such limited minutes though it is really hard to say, although limited minutes is concerning too especially in the Junior year. As you can see below she did have a game where she had a double double and another where she scored 10 but those were early season games against mid majors.

No idea why she didn't get more run as their only center unless they like to play more small guard heavy lineups. I thought I would do some projections if she would have received 30 minutes at the rate she did in the 2021-2022 season. In that case she would theoretically get the following stats:

Minutes/game: 30
Pts./game: 6.4
Reb/game: 7.3
Ast/game: 3.4
TO/game: 1.2
BL/game: 0.73
FG%: 48%
FT%: 42%

Considering that she would most likely be replacing Helgren. I did the same for Helgren:
Minutes/game: 30
Pts./game: 3
Reb/game: 6.4
Ast/game: 1.2
TO/game: 1.3
BL/game: 0.73
FG%: 54%
FT%: 89%

Based on this she would be likely a more productive player than Helgren. She would certainly put more pressure on the D than Helgren but her FT% was horrible in extremely limited sample size.

I like that she was ranked as high as the #6 post and #38 overall player in he class according Prospects Nation on her Arkansas team page. But according to Prospects Nation it is really #12 & #64 respectively. Where have I seen this inflation before:unsure:.

I think she has potential but definitely not guaranteed improvement based on the limited sample size. What does everyone else think?

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Season Averages
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GPGSMINPTSREBASTSTLBLKTOFGFG%3PT3P%FTFT%PFORDR
803.51.00.60.00.00.10.40.4-0.850.00.0-0.00.00.3-0.3100.00.40.10.5
1205.80.81.30.70.10.10.90.3-0.844.40.0-0.00.00.1-0.325.00.70.40.8
1906.61.41.60.80.10.20.30.6-1.348.00.0-0.00.00.1-0.333.30.60.61.0
3905.71.11.30.60.10.10.50.5-1.047.50.0-0.00.00.1-0.341.70.60.40.8

https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/player/stats/_/id/4433678/destinee-oberg

https://arkansasrazorbacks.com/roster/destinee-oberg/



DateOppScoreTypeMinFGMFGAFG%3PM3PA3P%FTMFTAFT%ORDRRebAstTOStlBlkPFPts
Game LogGamesField GoalsThree PointsFree ThrowsReboundsMiscellaneous
Feb 20UKL 78-55Reg300-00-020.0112000000
Feb 10AUBW 66-68Reg100-00-00-000000000
Jan 27LSUW 76-90Reg100-00-00-000000000
Jan 23MSSTW 54-74Reg200-00-00-000000000
Jan 20@ALAW 99-71Reg400-00-00-011300000
Jan 16SCL 61-52Reg100-00-00-000000000
Jan 6@VANL 51-54Reg500-00-00-000100010
Jan 2TENNL 70-63Reg14010.000-00-000011010
Dec 21CREIL 81-72Reg600-00-00-033000000
Dec 18UCAW 44-82Reg235862.500-00-1453200010
Dec 12UALRW 39-73Reg174850.000-22100.064103100110
Dec 9JKSTW 62-66Reg182366.700-00-112210124
Dec 5CALW 67-84Reg100-00-00-000000000
Nov 28BELMW 63-83Reg41250.000-00-000000102
Nov 27SHSUW 66-92Reg4020.000-00-202200010
Nov 19@ARSTW 94-71Reg600-00-00-022000130
Nov 12ARPBW 53-96Reg6010.000-020.0000000010
Nov 10TARLW 33-85Reg700-00-00-033000010
Oberg is a good pickup, she was rated very high in 7th-9th, but then everybody started to catch up to her, she ended up struggling to defend against the top AAU clubs, which is probably why she didnt get much clock at Arkansas. She is a big body though, more skilled then Helgren offensively. MN will probably need to play a lot of zone with her.
 





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Ok the Gophers have a team now officially! I’m still very excited for this group. Anyone want to give possible line Ups a try?!
 

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Ok the Gophers have a team now officially! I’m still very excited for this group. Anyone want to give possible line Ups a try?!
Great Idea I will start a new thread for this.
 






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To the point "Minnesota doesn’t play all that fast, but it still manages to give up oodles of points to opponents." And, "As for the transfers, none stand out to me as particular breakout candidates"

Man, it's hard to make the Gopher season about anything other than the freshmen. It could be about Whalen; but Coyle seems likely to give her another year; so she's removed from the production equation.

Maybe if we're lucky, Oberg can enter into the discussion.
 

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To the point "Minnesota doesn’t play all that fast, but it still manages to give up oodles of points to opponents." And, "As for the transfers, none stand out to me as particular breakout candidates"

Man, it's hard to make the Gopher season about anything other than the freshmen. It could be about Whalen; but Coyle seems likely to give her another year; so she's removed from the production equation.

Maybe if we're lucky, Oberg can enter into the discussion.
For MN to be competitive, Oberg will need to be double double and play 25-30min a game
 



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Youth is only good if that youth is talented and these 4 are talented. They will be interesting to watch.
 

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There may be another walk on joining the team. In this article about Hope Counts, it says that older sister and 2022 grad Maria is going to walk on at the U.
 

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There may be another walk on joining the team. In this article about Hope Counts, it says that older sister and 2022 grad Maria is going to walk on at the U.
Nice. I love that Whalen is keeping Minnesota Girls and letting these kids be a part of something. She will be a nice practice player. The Count sisters are so underrated for Providence.
 

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Nice. I love that Whalen is keeping Minnesota Girls and letting these kids be a part of something. She will be a nice practice player. The Count sisters are so underrated for Providence.
She may be more than a practice player. There are a lot of girls that are under-scouted, and have skills that don’t show. Especially with schools in the outer rings or out-state, or with inexperienced high school coaches who don’t know how to recognize and use the talent they have. Talking personal experience here….
 

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"'Asked to describe his talented young forward, Providence coach Conner Goetz called her an elite defensive presence. “She has a great ability....'"

"Defense wins, and 6’2 forwards who are mobile and athletic and like to defend can be a hot property." --Grant McGinnis, PrepGirlsHoops
Is this not about about her sister Hope? Maria is maybe 5'10" unless shes grown about 4 inches in the summer.
 

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Is this not about about her sister Hope? Maria is maybe 5'10" unless shes grown about 4 inches in the summer.

Yes, you are right. Thank you for pointing out that confusion I wrote.

A previous post cited a PrepGirlsHoops article that was behind a pay wall. My intent was to give a teaser quote from that article. The thread turned into how the sisters are underrated.

Sorry about the confusion. I will delete it.

Anyway, everyone can see the good thought and effort - and creativity - U of M is putting into ways to appeal to players to play for the great HOFer Whalen.

As of now, the best talent ever assembled on a U of M court, except when Whalen practiced alone. ;)
 


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Dont think its been announced anywhere but I heard yesterday that Alexa Ratzlaff will be walking on as well.
sounds like a tenacious defender. That is so important for making a team better in practice as well in games.
 

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Alexa Ratzlaff was the Rosemount High School Athena Award winner this year. Ratzlaff played basketball and volleyball. Is a shooting guard with combo game skills, it appears.

Scored 18 points in the playoff win against Lakeville on March 17. Then Ratzlaff had 23 points in the March 18 playoff win against Shakopee in the Class AAAA Consolation Final.

From what little I can find, earns rebounds and plays defense.

Probably the best player (or two) in the state not committed to anyone.

Alexa Ratzlaff Shoots 10 of 10 free throws, school record:

 
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Rosemount these last few years has been a very good team. Rosemount with guard Alexa Ratzlaff made the state championship game in 2021, losing to Chaska with forward Mallory Heyer. With seconds left, the game was tied.

Mallory Heyer made a bounce pass to Kaylee Van Eps for the winning bucket. It was a lower scoring game.

Alexa Ratzlaff had 18 points, including three 3-pointers and a .750 3-point shooting percentage. Ratzlaff also had 5 rebounds.

Then in 2022 Rosemount won the state Consolation Final. As previously mentioned, Ratzlaff had 23 in that game.

While Ratzlaff hasn't signed for a scholarship with anyone, she certainly has a resume and skills.

 






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Here is the job description:

Title: Director of Operations for the Women's Basketball Program

Summary:
Under the supervision of the general manager, the position of Director of Operations for Women's Basketball (DOBO) assists with the management and oversight of the off-court and business operations of the women's basketball program, including budget management. This position is instrumental in organizing, operating, and implementing policies and procedures in all "off-court" aspects of the basketball program. The DOBO may act on behalf of the general manager and head coach with some internal and external stakeholders, in a manner that reflects the head coach's priorities and the University's mission, vision, and values. This position will be responsible for managing outreach and organizing and overseeing all alumni events, as well as maintaining communication with boosters and other external stakeholders. Finally, this position will provide support for the general manager and the head coach with problem solving, analysis, and recommendations for increased efficiency of the program's administrative operations.

Job Duties:
Operations Management- 65% • Travel Operations a. Coordinate with general manager on team travel including transportation, meals, and accommodations b. Work with the general manager on itineraries and travel schedules c. Assist with outside travel entities for international travel and foreign tours d. Oversee travel and reimbursement for coaches as related to recruiting • General Operations a. Organize assistant coaches' schedules b. Team liaison with marketing and communications for women's basketball and function as an integral member of the "Core Committee" c. Manage correspondence and mail • Oversee all requests for items (autographed items, tickets for games, etc.) and maintain appropriate compliance documentation d. Answer incoming calls and work with in-person visitors e. Order and inventory office supplies f. Manage office supply budget • Team Operations a. Manage and coordinate Letterman's Awards b. Work with the Associate Head Coach in maintaining NIL and scholarship papers c. Oversee, manage, and track the women's basketball student-athletes' participation in Champions for Life d. Manage and coordinate pre-game and post-game meals e. Oversee and manage player per diem during travel and over semester breaks f. Visiting Team Liaison including confirming shoot around times and acting as the point of contact for visiting team travel party Outreach and Events- 25% • Work with GGF to maintain contact lists for Boosters and the Champions Club • Act as Fastbreak club liaison a. Maintain and update yearly contact lists for Fastbreak members b. Attend meetings as a representative of the head coach • Coordinate Alumni relations a. Work with the M-Club to maintain alumni contact lists b. Send out monthly email to alumni c. Oversee and coordinate Alumni Weekend and M-Club events • Work with the general manager to coordinate and execute travel for donors, members of the Board of Regents, members of the University's executive team, and departmental administrators when traveling with the team to competitions Other Duties as Assigned- 10% • Other duties as assigned by the general manager and head coach • Know and understand NCAA rules related to the on-going performance of duties within an NCAA Division I program and commitment to follow those rules. • Assist in advancing the department's mission, vision, and strategic plan including its commitment to equity and diversity. • Ability to offer direction, insight, and forward thinking as college athletics continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

Qualifications Required Qualifications:
• BA/BS or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four year • Previous experience as a Director of Operations or a similar role within a sporting organization or individual team and/or experience as a basketball student-athlete, administrator, or coach at the collegiate or professional level • Previous experience with organizing and executing large events • Knowledge of NCAA, Big Ten, and University rules, policies and procedures
 




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