Bump up. This is a great thread. Later mentioned in this thread, Crooks committed elsewhere.Here is the good and bad (for now) for class of 2023.
In teams of in-state
three of four top players in the class have committed out of state.
#2 Instate- Taylor Woodson- Michigan
#3 Instate- NuNu Agara- Stanford
#4 Instate- Kennedy Sanders- Colorado
The #1 player in the state, Tessa Johnson, is still on the board and heavily considering Gophers. She is close with 2022 commits Mara Braun and Amaya Battle so some feel Gophers are the favorite to land her, however as we have learned as Gopher fans, nothing is official till it's official.
Audi Crooks recently visited, a fantastic post player in the midwest. It has been stated she is not wanting to travel a far distance from Home, and her HS is about 3 hours from Williams Arena so not exactly a distance that could remove them from consideration.
Here is the known offers/still out there for class of 2023. Overall guessing a 2-3 player class, maybe even 1-2 and leaving openings for transfer portal.
Tessa Johnson-St. Michael/Albertville-5’9 Guard
Out of State Offers:
Kymora Johnson, 5’7 G, St. Anne’s-Belfield School (VA) ESPN Ranked 32 (out of Super 60)
Jasmine Brown, 5’9 G, Joliet Catholic HS (IL) ESPN Ranked #44 (out of Super 60)
Eve Fiala, 6’4 C, Indiana HS (PA) ESPN Ranked #54 (out of Super 60)
Janae Kent, 6’1 W, Oak Forest HS (IL) ESPN Ranked #57 (out of Super 60)
Laila Hull, 6’1 F, Zionsville (IN) ESPN Ranked #58 (out of Super 60)
Audi Crooks, 6’3 P, Bishop Garrigan HS (IA) ESPN Ranked #59 (out of Super 60)
Logan Nissley, 5’10 G, Century HS (ND)
Alyssa Latham, 6’1 F, Homewood-Flossmoor HS (IL)
Curious as to how she came to your attention? and what makes you interested in her as a good prospect? I would say her Blocks/Game are eye popping especially for someone who is 6'1", which is taller than average but hardly unusual.Video Post Forward Allie Pollock
Here's an unranked 6' 1" post forward prospect to look at. She's made some honorable mention and top performer lists.
She's Allie Pollock of Lakeside High School in Hot Springs Arkansas.
Season High Points: 11
Season High Rebounds: 11
Season High Assists: 5
Field Goal Pct: .80
Free Throw Pct: .903
Point FG's: 153
Point FG Pct.70
Games Played: 26
Not the ideal Big Ten prospect and yet Gophers need to look harder at under the radar coachable 6' 1" post prospects like this. Like overlooked BIG Monika Czinano who was hardly recruited and now an all-star. I don't pretend to be an expert, to be clear.
6' 0" small forward Reese Ross would be a great signing for Minnesota. She came up big in tournament play with rebounds and points.She was great this weekend, best player in state in the 23 class. Reese Ross from South Dakota who plays on the same North Tartan team was also really good. Could see her possibly getting a Gopher offer.
Reese Ross could be a great sleeper pick for the Gophers.6' 0" small forward Reese Ross would be a great signing for Minnesota. She came up big in tournament play with rebounds and points.
-23 points and 17 rebounds against Wagner in the semi-finals.
-25 points and 13 rebounds in the state title game against Hamlin.
Seeing her play several times, I would say she is better suited for Loyola Marymount, Fresno State, Illinois and St. Thomas., not the Big (I discount Illinois as they are a mess with their recruiting)Klick's national profile rose sharply after a strong showing while playing for North Tartan at the Boo Williams national AAU tournament in Virginia in April. "She has gotten the attention of a lot of people,'' said Bill Larson, North Tartan's director. Larson said Klick had offers from Loyola Marymount, Fresno State, Illinois and St. Thomas.Maple Grove guard Kennedy Klick also announced her verbal commitment to the Gophers' 2023 recruiting class.www.startribune.com
One current and one former Grays Harbor County area prep athlete recently committed to play at the collegiate level in their respective sports.
Montesano’s Dalan chooses U of Minnesota
Standout Montesano girls basketball player McKynnlie Dalan has committed to play basketball at the University of Minnesota following the 2022-23 school year.
Dalan, a 6-foot-1 senior forward that can attack the basket, as well as hit shots from the perimeter, was named to the 1A Evergreen League First Team last season and was a go-to scorer during the Bulldogs’ run to a fifth-place state trophy.
At one point during the 2021-22 season, Dalan averaged 24 points per game during a four-game stretch deep in the league season.
After her senior season, Dalan will play for the University of Minnesota and its legendary head coach Lindsay Whalen, who will be inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame this year after a decorated WNBA career and two Olympic gold medals.
I would still think that Fiala would be someone high on their list. While we did pick up some size for 2024 I think her size and ability (based on offers) would be hard to turn down.2023 Gopher Commits:
-Brynn Senden *Preferred Walk-On
-Nią Holloway - Technically will be like a freshman in 23-24 season.
Known offers (Players that were known to have a Gopher offer and either hasn't committed or hasn't put out a list that Gophers are not on.
Tessa Johnson-St. Michael/Albertville-5’11 Guard- ESPN Ranked #27 (out of 100)
Out of State Offers:
Kymora Johnson, 5’7 G, St. Anne’s-Belfield School (VA) ESPN Ranked 30 (out of 100)
Eve Fiala, 6’4 C, Indiana HS (PA)
Aiyana Mitchell, 6’4 P, Fountain-Fort Carson HS (CO)
While I am not 100%, I am almost thinking it has got to the point of Tessa or no one else for this class.