Yes, the Gophers have made an offer to a player (Chloe Spreen) who, gulp, has not yet started high school. She's a 5-9 shooting guard from Indiana, who also has an offer from Michigan State.
After starting with 34 athletes on June 13, the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team roster was trimmed to 16 finalists on June 16. Following two more days of trials the 12-member team that will represent the United States at the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship was finalized.
The 2021 USA U16 National Team, comprised of athletes who are 16 and under, includes: Kamorea “KK” Arnold (Germantown H.S./Germantown, Wis.); Madison Booker (Germantown H.S./Ridgeland, Miss.); Jaloni Cambridge (Ensworth H.S./Nashville, Tenn.); Breya Cunningham (La Jolla Country Day School/Chula Vista, Calif.); Jadyn Donovan (Sidwell Friends School/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Kendall Dudley (Sidwell Friends School, D.C./Manassas Park, Va.); Margaret Mendelson (Fremont H.S./North Ogden, Utah); Olivia Olson (Benilde-St. Margaret's/New Hope, Minn.); Grace Slaughter (Grain Valley H.S./Grain Valley, Mo.); Delaney Thomas (St. John's College H.S./Charles Town, W.Va.); Judea "JuJu" Watkins (Windward School/Los Angeles, Calif.); and Jada Williams (Blue Springs H.S./Blue Springs, Mo.).
Fifteen-year-old Olivia Olson is headed for a month with Team USA's U16 elite team and her third year of starting at Benilde-St. Margaret's, where she's a 6-foot-1 point guard.www.startribune.com