National champion has a nice ring to it.
St. Michael-Albertville senior Tessa Johnson, Minnesota's top-ranked girls' basketball recruit in the Class of 2023, announced Wednesday that she will attend South Carolina.
That's the defending national champion, its crown won in Minneapolis last April
. The Gamecocks have won two national titles in the past six years under coach Dawn Staley, and they're ranked No. 1 in the preseason, unanimously, this year.
Johnson also had the Gophers and Baylor among her three finalists.
"I know it was a tough decision for Tessa," Knights coach Kent Hamre said. "She had a lot of great coaches and programs show interest.
"Shout-out to the Gopher staff here in Minnesota. I know Tessa has a great relationship with all of them."