2025 Recruiting


Mara Braun when healthy is the best guard the Gophers have had since the Days of Keke Bell, Rachel Banham, and Carlie Wagner. Oh, BTW ALL OF THOSE were drafted or (Banham) still in the league. Mara Braun is viewed as a future WNBA player.

Also, can we start being REALISTIC?! This is still a program on the rise and has to build up. No one in the big ten is winning the conference outside of UCLA or USC for the next couple of seasons. Making the tournament is the next step and a needed step to attract "WNBA LEVEL" players. Iowa literally had to build with the likes of Megan Gustafson, Kathleen Doyle etc before they got their superstar in Clark. You are not getting superstars without the stars like Mara, Mallory, Amaya building up the program. Plain and simple.

But also ... literally the top recruiting class in the history of the program....and now we saying not good enough. MN Fans will be the reason why some players don't wanna deal with staying home.
Mara Braun is not viewed as a future WNBA player. That is crazy talk. The Gophers are a lower tier BIG10 team where Mara is in a great situation to shoot way more than she should because the team needs her scoring. Players that go to the WNBA are the top players on sweet sixteen teams.
 

Mara Braun is not viewed as a future WNBA player. That is crazy talk. The Gophers are a lower tier BIG10 team where Mara is in a great situation to shoot way more than she should because the team needs her scoring. Players that go to the WNBA are the top players on sweet sixteen teams.
Glad to know you’re an expert in your own mind.
 

Mara Braun is not viewed as a future WNBA player. That is crazy talk. The Gophers are a lower tier BIG10 team where Mara is in a great situation to shoot way more than she should because the team needs her scoring. Players that go to the WNBA are the top players on sweet sixteen teams.
I agree that Braun is not WNBA caliber now. However, she has two more years and I am hoping that she can improve her game enough to get into the WNBA. She needs to improve her ability to get to the basket and her defense. I see some similarities with Scalia, who didn't get into the WNBA this season but I think have I read that she is playing overseas. With some more seasoning, maybe Scalia will get a shot at the WNBA.
 

Mara Braun is not viewed as a future WNBA player.

This may not be directly relevant to Braun’s WNBA chances, but, when you exclude pre-BIG recruits for Maryland and Rutgers, there are surprisingly few BIG players in the W. This is especially true among starters. I must be missing someone, but other than Kelsey Mitchell and Caitlin Clark, I’m hard-pressed to think of a BIG starter in the W (excluding the pre-BIG Rutgers and Maryland players).
 


Mara Braun is not viewed as a future WNBA player. That is crazy talk. The Gophers are a lower tier BIG10 team where Mara is in a great situation to shoot way more than she should because the team needs her scoring. Players that go to the WNBA are the top players on sweet sixteen teams.
Like Rachel Banham who never played in an NCAA tournament game?

Kah Copper or Laney from Rutgers? Alysha Clark from Middle Tennessee?

Need any more examples to disprove your off-base theory?
 






Mara Braun is not viewed as a future WNBA player. That is crazy talk. The Gophers are a lower tier BIG10 team where Mara is in a great situation to shoot way more than she should because the team needs her scoring. Players that go to the WNBA are the top players on sweet sixteen teams.
- Kah Copper ( MVP)
- Laney (a very soild role player for the Liberty)
- Clark ( who won as championship with Vegas and Seattle)
- Banham ( a solid role player)
- Courtney Williams played at USF.. been in the league for 10 years
 



Texas has money, but they also have Vic Schaefer. Look what he did recruiting and winning at relative backwater Mississippi State.

And he's in a league where he's up against SC and LSU so he is definitely keeping up with the Jones. With Harmon back I have them pencilled in as a Final Four team this next season unless they have more injuries (had some bad luck with that the last couple of years).
 









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