Signings 2022 Class







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This class is make it or break it for Whalen. They need to produce immediately.
 
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Niamya Holloway

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A ranked prospect, the No. 90 player overall in the country and No. 5 player in the state of Minnesota according to Jr. All Star Rankings... Averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals per game while shooting 58.4 percent from the floor and 84.4 percent from the free throw line... Helped Eden Prairie High School to a 2AAAA section championship in 2020 and was a three-time All-Conference honoree along with an All-State Honorable Mention nod... Earned an academic All-State honor along with an MSHSL ExCel Award... In AAU ball, with North Tartan, averaged 12.2 points, 11 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per game... With her AAU team earned a EYBL Second Team nod while also being named the Defensive Player of the Year by Prep Girls Hoops... With North Tartan won the Minnesota State Championship...Was a multi-sport athlete, earning four letters in basketball while also earning three in track and field... Was a captain for the track team while also earning All-Conference laurels three times along with two team MVP honors, rookie of the year and winning the high jump state championship... Holds the 200m school record and was All-State in the high jump, 200m and the 4x200m relay... Chose Minnesota over Marquette, Northwestern, South Dakota and Howard.

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Daughter of Todd and Nolana Holloway... Has four siblings Malakai, Todd, Caleb and Maleah... Non-basketball interests include reading, relaxing, activism and running clubs... Older sister Malakai runs cross country/track and field at Bethel University... Step Grandpa Kevin played basketball at Western Kentucky University... Plans to major in Political Science and Urban Studies.

WHY HOLLOWAY CHOSE MINNESOTA:
There are many reasons I chose University of Minnesota, but the main factor was because it felt like home. I have a great relationship with the amazing coaching staff, and they have made me feel so special and welcome. I am also incredibly close with my family, and I don’t know if I would be able to play somewhere where they don’t have the opportunity to watch every game in person. Lastly, I chose the U because I want to be a part of something special! With my recruiting class coming in I believe we can make a huge difference and play a role in the great program that those before us have built!
 

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Mallory Heyer

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A four-star recruit, the No. 55 player overall in the country and the No. 11 forward according to ESPN ... Averaged 17.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in high school while shooting 57 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three... Has scored 1,764 points for Chaska High School in 102 varsity games from 2018-Present... A two-sport athlete, playing volleyball and basketball.. Earned three All-Metro honors in volleyball, reached 1,000 kills, was a two-time captain and was a six-time letter winner throughout her high school career ... Led her volleyball team to a 2AAAA Section runner-up finish in 2019... Three-time All-State selection by the MGBCA... Four-time Metro West All-Conference... Two-time Metro West Conference Player of the Year... Was the 2020-21 Max Preps Minnesota Player of the Year... Reached 1,000 points scored in 2019... Was a team captain for 2020-21 season... Two-time Star Tribune All Metro honoree, once on the first team and once on the second team... Won a Class AAAA State championship in 2020-21... 2019-20 Section runner-up in basketball... Was on the Dean's List from 2018-21 and was an academic letter winner in 2020-22... A member of the National Honor Society from 2020-22... Played with the Minnesota Fury 2022 UAA in Chanhassen Minn... Won the 2020 Minnesota State Championship with the Minnesota Fury and finished runner-up at the UAA 2021 Nationals... Chose Minnesota over Iowa State, Utah, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Child of Sarah and Rigg Heyer... Has two siblings in Aubrey and Natalie... Intends to major in Sports Medicine... Non-basketball interests include volleyball, shopping and listening to music... Parents both played sports at St. Cloud State with her mother playing volleyball and her dad playing football.

WHY HEYER CHOSE MINNESOTA:
"I chose the University of Minnesota because I wanted to represent and play for my home state. I loved the campus, coaches, players, and everything that the University of Minnesota has to offer both academically and athletically. I wanted to play in a competitive conference and the Big 10 offers that. I also chose Minnesota because I wanted to be a part of something special under the leadership of Coach Whalen."
 



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Mara Braun

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A four-star recruit, the No. 28 player overall in the country and the No. 8 point guard according to ESPN ... Averaged 18.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game in high school while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from three... A two-time All-State selection as a sophomore and junior... A 1,000 point scorer for Wayzata High School... A two-sport athlete, making the state track and field meet in triple jump three different times... Played for North Tartan AAU, winning the State AAU MVP in 2021 and being named to the All-Tournament team at Nike Nationals in 2021... Won a State Championship with North Tartan AAU in 2021... A three-time Hill Murray Christmas Tournament champion and a three-time section championship runner-up... Three-time All-Lake Conference player along with All-Metro... Named to the 2022 Jersey Mike's Naismith High School Trophy Underclassmen Girls Watch List... Chose Minnesota over Arizona State, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and Oregon State.

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Daughter of Chris and Ramona Braun who both went to Bemidji State... Mom played volleyball at Bemidji State while Dad played basketball... Has one sibling, Markus... Undecided on her intended major but has interest in psychology... Outside interests include volunteering at Club Unified and Special Olympics Minnesota.

WHY BRAUN CHOSE MINNESOTA:
"I've been a Gopher fan since I was little. It's important to me to stay home and continue to play in front of friends and family. I respect Coach Whalen and the entire coaching staff. I'm also excited to come in with the other commits in the 2022 class that I've played with and against for a couple of years."
 

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Amaya Battle

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A four-star recruit and ranked No. 39 overall, and the No. 11 point guard in the nation, according to ESPN/HoopGurlz Basketball... Won a state championship in 2019 with Hopkins High School and won section championships every year from 2017-21... Was named to the All-State team during her junior season and was All-Conference all four years at Hopkins... Was a team captain from freshman to senior seasons and earned a total of five varsity letters... Averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per game in her latest high school season (junior season)... Shot 46 percent from the floor, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line during her junior season... Played her AAU ball with North Tartan/MN & Metro Stars, MN... Earned First Team 3SSB Honors with her AAU club... Won the state AAU championship and national championship twice... Chose Minnesota over schoosl like Marquette, Florida and the University of Wisconsin.

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Daughter of Terrell and Stephanie Battle... Has one sibling, Jamison Battle, who plays for the Minnesota men's basketball program... Plans on majoring in Psychology... Lists cooking and baking, listening to music and binge watching Netflix as non-basketball interests... Father, Terrell, played basketball at Winston Salem State University.

WHY BATTLE CHOSE THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
"Minnesota has a family environment with the team and the coaching staff which I really liked. Also, the fact that Nia, Mara and Mallory stayed here as well and that all four of us could really be a part of something special by turning the program. I also thought that us four committing to the U could start a trend of more top athletes staying home to play for the U. Lastly, academically the U fit my needs. I want to major in psychology and their psychology program is ranked top 10 in the nation."
 









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This is the first I’ve seen about this potential 6’5” post for next year. Exciting if she ends up signing!
 

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We would have a Fab 5. How long is the signing period?
 





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