All Things Dain Dainja Recruitment Thread (Class of 2020) Gophers Offered

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STrib: Jalen Suggs, Dain Dainja and Class of 2020 stars could be first in years to consider NBA leap

Taking a break from a workout on a recent afternoon in St. Paul, Jalen Suggs and Dain Dainja had a hard time keeping straight faces. One would compliment the other, then vice versa, and then again. In this first season together as AAU teammates, the young metro-area basketball stars were having fun talking about causing trouble for opposing Under Armour Circuit teams.

Like most high-level prospects after their sophomore year in high school, they are getting their first true taste of big-time recruiting. The scholarship offers are flowing in and their phones are buzzing with calls and texts from college coaches.

Suggs, Dainja and their fellow Class of 2020 standouts, having observed this relentless process in years past, are more ready for this craziness than you might expect. One thing they aren’t prepared for, however, is a potential looming decision: take one of these scholarships, or go straight to the NBA? This 2020 class, if the push for rule change succeeds, likely will contain the first top prospects to ponder that question in over a decade.

Rewriting the NBA’s age-limit rule that essentially requires players to play one season of college basketball was among the top recommendations in April from the Commission on College Basketball, headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The proposal to end the “one-and-done” era was a conversation starter on many levels, and some high school sophomores already are talking about a possible decision to declare for the NBA draft after graduation.

Dainja, a 6-9, 240-pound Park Center big man, was one of the Class of 2020’s biggest surprises this spring, picking up new Power Five Conference offers seemingly every week. He can’t imagine having to list his favorite schools right now, let alone consider his NBA forecast.

“I’m not going to college next year,” the high school sophomore said. “I just have to keep working on my game and see whatever is there — if I had a chance to go to the NBA or play in college. Right now, I’m just focusing on my game.”

Dainja is a four-star prospect with loads of potential, but he’s not yet pegged as a future NBA prospect. It would take a serious jump in the rankings for him to be considered by NBA teams in two years.

http://www.startribune.com/jalen-su...ould-be-first-to-consider-nba-leap/483978391/

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Dain would be an unbelievable get. Him, Carlson, and a Garcia would be a dream class for the gophs and they can all play together as well.
 

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Dain would be an unbelievable get. Him, Carlson, and a Garcia would be a dream class for the gophs and they can all play together as well.

Can't imagine all 3 of them coming here. I'd be really happy with any combo of the 3, but I'm really hoping for Garcia and Dainja.
 


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me as well!

Totally agree, hence the "Dream Class" part. Any combo would be wonderful. Garcia and Dain are going to be the two more highly touted/rated. Carlson will be a really nice 4 yr college player.
 



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per Shooter:

That was North Carolina coach Roy Williams, and representatives from Clemson, Marquette, Xavier, UCLA, Duke, California, Virginia, Texas, Boston College, Memphis, Kansas, Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Boston College on Saturday in Atlanta at the Under Armour Challenge watching Minnehaha junior point guard Jalen Suggs from Minnehaha Academy and Dain Dainja from Park Center.

Clemson last week offered a tender to Dainja, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior power forward. The 6-4 Suggs has assorted offers, including the Gophers.

https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/14/charley-walters-glen-taylor-says-his-wolves-are-getting-along/

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Oh no, sounds like the big boys are after him now.....WKU, UN... I hope he says home.


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per Rivals:

IN HIS OWN WORDS
Dainja has taken unofficial visits to Baylor, Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern and discussed each program.

Baylor: “Baylor’s coaching staff, that’s the main thing I like about them. Coach (Scott) Drew is a real good coach and the assistants they keep in contact with me. When I went down there it felt real good being down there. I was able to play with some of the guys, I got some real good experience and I got a lot of good advice.”

Illinois: “I think they have a great program. Especially what I saw when I watched their practice. One thing I love about the practice is that they practice very quick but they go hard and get after it. That’s one of the things I really liked.”

Minnesota: “They want me to stay home of course and I’ve been to Minnesota like four or five times and watched a couple of practices. They want me to see how I would fit in because they think I would fit in really well with them.”

Northwestern: “That is my hometown, so that’s cool. Their campus is very nice. When I went down there they were making everything new and I was one of the first to be able to go inside and see what they are making. They have a new practice facility and new weight room facility.”

RIVALS REACTION, WHAT'S NEXT?
Watching Dainja over the weekend, he's definitely a player who is worthy of the scholarship offers and lofty national ranking he has earned. He can play the four or the five and is a truly unique player in the junior class. After speaking with him, though, it's pretty clear that he's still pretty open in the recruiting process and that it would be hard to peg an early leader for him.

Dainja hasn't yet scheduled any visits for the winter, but if he does Florida, Georgetown, Iowa and West Virginia are some programs he mentioned interest in seeing.

As for a decision, though, it won't be for a while.

“I’m not sure yet," said Dainja of his decision timeline. "Maybe sometime next year after AAU season or during my senior season. I’m in no hurry.”

https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/big-12-classic-top-50-dain-dainja-discusses-recruitment

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