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Gee don't hide the fact that you have connections to or work with/for Tartan. Tartan is great but Mallory Heyer came from Fury. Oh and the reigning Pac-12 freshman of the year Kneepkens played for Fury so its not like they are slouches. Metro Stars also has NuNu going to Stanford. Tartan good but not the only place she can learn. If She was soft how come she the third rated player in the country?
You can be a great player from any program, but the EYBL circuit gives you a true indication of where your strengths and weaknesses are at. I think Kneepkens would of had success in the EYBL because of her size and shooting ability. NuNu is at Metro stars because Hopkins is using metro stars at a recruiting AAU program. She would of been a nice EYBL player.
Heyer had a nice HS career, Jr year was better then Sr year. I hope her game evolves because she is a tweener at the next level.
The kid with the biggest upside in the 2022 class is Lily Meister and she played for the Fury.
 

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Interesting insights from people with sound knowledge.

North Tartan, Minnesota Fury, All Iowa Attack... 1660003096267.png
 

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Seeds and finishes for Girls EYBL 17U Nike Nationals this summer. 32 teams in pool
EYBL WI Flight Elite (WI) Seed #1 / Finish 9th
EYBL All Iowa Attack (IA) Seed #5/ Finish 17th
EYBL North Tartan (MN) Seed #11/ Finish 14th
EYBL Michigan Crossover (MI) Seed #15/ Finish 23rd
 






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This group already discussed small forward (SF) McKynnlie Dalan. I will add what I think makes this player exciting.

Dalan is a 3's shooter. She scored many points from the perimeter.

And she shows tenacious effort on rebounds with good movement. She hustles. She's a defense player -- an outside shooter and an inside defender.

That ability to go inside and outside is so valuable in the modern game of basketball. The modern game has seen the emergence of the coveted "3 and D" player that can play tough defense inside and hit the 3's outside. Too often players can do one but not the other.

I think Dalan had 18 rebounds and 30+ points in one game. We don't know how it will translate in the Big Ten -- she played at 1a level -- but she looks the part including her strong, long 6' 1" wiry build with good inside movement skills.

A hidden gem? We will find out.

Related, shooting guard/combo guard Mara Braun is a devastating 3's specialist and tenacious at defense. Her game tape as a sophomore hustling to defend phenom Paige Bueckers is legendary. As a guard, she's not expected to rebound like a small forward, but she hits the 3's and has the D. Braun brings so much to the game and will be an upgrade at shooting guard.

In modern basketball the most valuable player, I think, is the shooting guard that reliably hits 3's and can cover well the opposition's top shooter (Mara Braun), and also good defender forwards with size that can stretch outside to reliably shoot 3's: snipe the shots deep (3, 6, 9, 12) that deflate the opposition late in the game, stretch the defense, stifle the other offense into bad shots, rebound, force the turnover for a quick score...

Potential "3 and D" Mallory Heyer in high school was a good defender near the rim at power forward and then increasingly shot many 3's at the outside including playing small forward. Word is that post player Rose Micheaux has been working on outside shots. I do not know enough about others. I think forward Nia Holloway wasn't great at that kind of shooting (yet). We will see...


 
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That's the way Linds, you've really got the ball rolling now. The rest of the Big Ten had been discounting the Minnesota program but, that is now at an end!!!
 







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My bad. I am sorry.

Wirth had NCAA Division I offers from IUPUI, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, St. Thomas MN, Youngstown State, and Minnesota. It's still early in that process for the emerging 2024 center -- or it was.

Dalan has zero social media presence. I could not find anything.

She also picked up a Utah offer a few weeks ago and twitter follows arent the best indicator but the last coach to follow her was an Oregon assistant so big name schools were starting to look at her at least. Locking her up this early might be a bit of a gamble but I think its smart.
 

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Wirth Commits to Gophers

Alyssa Wirth is enthused about committing to the Gophers and Lindsay Whalen.

"I was beyond grateful for the offer."

"I just knew from the start. Yea! I just knew that I needed to go there. The team atmosphere there was amazing. The dorm rooms, awesome."

"I'm so happy. This definitely brought a big weight of my shoulder. I feel like I can now keep growing and keep developing my skills and improve."


 

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6-5 Wisconsin center Alyssa Wirth commits to Gophers women basketball


"Wirth plays for Altoona (Wis.) High School. In her sophomore season in 2021-22, she averaged 12.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 57% from the field. She led her team, the Railroaders, in points, shooting percentage and blocks while being named all-conference."


 

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She also picked up a Utah offer a few weeks ago and twitter follows arent the best indicator but the last coach to follow her was an Oregon assistant so big name schools were starting to look at her at least. Locking her up this early might be a bit of a gamble but I think its smart.

 



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The poster is helping answer a question.
Maybe read a few posts on this page?
I have read every post on every page of this thread and on most threads on most forums on gopher hole. I just see that it was giving proof to a Utah offer I suspect I am missing a detail of a the intended message. If I miss connecting something, friendliness is appreciated.
 
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I have read every post on every page of this thread and on most threads on most forums on gopher hole. I just see that it was giving proof to a Utah offer I suspect I am missing a detail of a the intended message. If I miss connecting something, friendliness is appreciated.
Two posters asked what offers the two recent commits had in posts 553 and 555 above. Bfan posted with a tweet from Wirth showing one offer.
 

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"According to the most recent participation survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations, done after the 2018-19 school year, Minnesota has the highest per-capita rate of prep girls basketball players with 12,073.

Minnesota had 15 nominees for the girls McDonald’s All-American game, which was played Tuesday night in Chicago. The only states with more nominees were California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Whalen, who retired from a 15-year career as a WNBA player and now is the head coach of her alma mater, signed a four-player recruiting class for the Gophers for next season that was ranked 10th in the nation by ESPN. The entire quartet is from the Twin Cities area.

Lindsay Whalen


“Whoever it is who fits our program, that’s who we’ll recruit, but there’s no question — being right here where there’s so much talent — that we’re recruiting the state very hard,” Whalen said last fall."

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With Recent Commitments, figured could share the known offers for the Gophers Class of 2023-2026. Once again I am fairly certain 2023 Class is down to Tessa Johnson or save it for possible Transfer portal. Gophers have offered and are in consideration for Class 2023, 2025 and 2026 Top-rated in-state player.

2023:

Offered/In-state:

Tessa Johnson-
St. Michael/Albertville-5’11 Guard- ESPN Ranked #27 (out of 100)

Out of State Offers:

Eve Fiala,
6’4 C, Indiana HS (PA)

Aiyana Mitchell, 6’4 P, Fountain-Fort Carson HS (CO)

2024:

Offered/In-State:

Jordan Zubich,
5’10 G, Mountain Iron-Buhl HS *likely will be in ESPN Top 100 next update

Trinity Wilson, 6’3 P, Lakeville North HS

Out of State Offers:

Allie Ziebell,
6’0 W, Neenah HS (WI) ESPN Ranked #9 (out of super 60)

Britt Prince, 5’11 G, Elkhorn North HS (NE) ESPN Ranked #11 (out of super 60)

Tahj Bloom, 6’3 F, Grayslake Community (IL) ESPN Ranked #30 (out of Top 60)

Chloe Spreen, 5’9 G, Bedford North Lawrence (IN)

Avery Howell, 6’0 G, Boise (ID)

Angelina Smith, 5’9 G, Bolingbrook HS (IL)

Kayl Petersen, 6’0 F, Waupun Area HS (WI)

Amiah Hargrove, 6’2 W, Christopher HS (IL)

Taylor Stremlow, 5’10 G, Verona HS (WI)

2025:

Offered/In-State

Aaliyah Crump,
Minnetonka- 6’0 Wing ESPN #19 (out of elite 25) *Has offers from basically entire country

Kendall McGee, Benilde-St. Margaret’s-6’0 Guard

Jordan Ode, Maple Grove- 5’11 Guard

Addi Mack, Minnehaha Academy-5’9 Guard

Out of State Offers:

ZaKiyah Johnson,
5’11 F/W, Sacred Heart Academy (KY) ESPN #4 (out of elite 25)

Aubrey Galvan, 5’7 G, Deerfield HS (IL)

2026:

Offered/In-State:

Maddyn Greenway,
5’7 G, Providence Academy

Tori Oehrlein, 5’11 G, Crosby-Ironton

Out of State Offers:

Jenica Lewis,
5’8 G, Johnson HS, (IA)
 

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Heres an update from prephoops on Tessa. I was at her volleyball game Wed night and Whalen and Collen were both there.

“Where is Tessa going to go?” That seems to be the question on everyone’s lips these days as numerous college commitments are being announced by Minnesota’s top girls basketball talents. The Tessa in question, of course, is Tessa Johnson Tessa Johnson of St. Micheal-Albertville, the #1 prospect in the Prep Girls Hoops Class of 2023. There are plenty of suitors for the uber-talented guard. Dawn Staley and her staff from the University of South Carolina were in town this week. So, too, was head coach Nicki Collen and company from Baylor University. Lindsay Whalen and the University of Minnesota staff have been following Tessa here, there and everywhere for what must seem like an eternity by now. We should have an answer soon.
 

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It looks like Kennedy Klick had her official visit over the weekend.

Also, Jordan Zubich was in Nebraska and picked up an offer. Kendall McGee, Jordan Ode and Tori Schlagel (Eden Prairie) were in Iowa on unofficial visits. Kendall posted she got an offer. Aubrey Galvan was in Wisconsin on an unofficial visit.
 





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