Minnesota Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: Big Ten

Head Coach: Lindsay Whalen (5th season in 2022-23)

Official Gophers roster

Unofficial Minnesota Women’s Basketball Scholarship Chart

Note: The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to 2020-21 D-I winter sports athletes (including women’s basketball players). Until there is definitive word that a player will be taking advantage of this extra year, the WBB Blog scholarship charts will not reflect this extra eligibility.

Personnel Notes:

  • April 2021: Minnesota announces that Gadiva Hubbard and Laura Bagwell Katalinich will return for the 2021-22 season, using the NCAA’s blanket extra year of eligibility (press release)
  • April 2021: Bailey Helgren grad-transfers in from Kansas (press release)
  • April 2021: assistant coach Danielle O’Banion leaves to take the head coaching job at Loyola University Maryland
  • May 2021: Justice Ross transfers to New Orleans
  • May 2021: Shimmy Gray-Miller joins the staff as an assistant coach (press release)
  • May 2021: Deja Winters grad-transfers in from North Carolina A&T (press release)
  • June 2021: Amaya Battle (2022) commits to Minnesota
  • November 2021: Katie Borowicz is out for the season after undergoing surgery “to repair a non-athletic related back injury” (press release)
  • January 2022: Grace Cumming announces her medical retirement from basketball
  • January 2022: Jasmine Powell enters her name into the transfer portal … and lands at Tennessee
  • March 2022: six more players enter the portal—Erin Hedman (to Sacramento State), Sara Scalia (to Indiana), Klarke Sconiers (to Delaware), Kadi Sissoko (to Southern Cal), Alexia Smith (to Virginia), and Caroline Strande (to Butler)
  • March 2022: head coach Lindsay Whalen receives a one-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season (press release)
  • May 2022: Kennedy Klick (2023) commits to Minnesota
  • July 2022: Nia Holloway suffers a knee injury that rules her out for the 2022-23 season (press release)
  • August 2022: McKynnlie Dalan (2023) commits to Minnesota
  • August 2022: Alyssa Wirth (2024) commits to Minnesota
  • October 2022: Aminata Zie is out for the 2022-23 season with a leg injury (press release)
  • December 2022: NC State transfer Sophie Hart commits to Minnesota

2022 Minnesota Women’s Basketball Commitments

*Amaya Battle, 5-11 PG, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [committed 6/20/2021]

*Mara Braun, 5-11 CG, Wayzata HS (Plymouth, MN) [committed 12/10/2020; other finalists: Arizona StateIowaMarylandMichigan, and Oregon State]

*Mallory Heyer, 6-1 F, Chaska HS (MN) [committed 10/21/2020]

*Nia Holloway, 5-11 F, Eden Prairie HS (MN) [committed 10/24/2020]

*announced as signed 11/10/2021

Former Targets

KK Bransford, 5-10 G, Mount Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati, OH) [Minnesota not among 12 finalists announced in September 2020]

Alyssa Crockett, 6-2 W, Westfield HS (IN) [offered May 2020; committed to Michigan, March 2021]

Jada Gyamfi, 6-2 F, Johnston HS (IA) [committed to Iowa, July 2020]

Acacia Hayes, 5-7 PG, Riverdale HS (Murfreesboro, TN) [offered July 2020; Minnesota not among eight finalists announced in January 2020]

Londynn Jones, 5-6 PG, Santiago HS (Corona, CA) [Minnesota not among ten finalists announced in November 2020]

Emily LaChapell, 5-11 W, Appleton East HS (WI) [offered July 2020; committed to Marquette, March 2021]

Brianna McDaniel, 5-11 G, Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL) [Minnesota among 15 finalists announced in October 2020; not among five finalists announced in January 2021]

Lilly Meister, 6-2 W, John Marshall HS (Rochester, MN) [committed to Indiana, November 2020]

Maggie Mendelson, 6-5 C, Fremont HS (Plain City, UT) {reclassified from 2023} [Minnesota among four finalists; committed to Nebraska, November 2021]

Brooklyn Meyer, 6-2 F/C, West Lyon HS (Inwood, IA) [offered August 2020; committed to South Dakota State, October 2020]

Maya Nnaji, 6-3 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered June 2018; Minnesota not among 13 finalists announced in October 2020]

Ayanna Patterson, 6-3 W, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN) [offered July 2020; Minnesota not among five finalists announced in March 2021]

Lilly Stoddard, 6-4 F/C, Crown Point HS (IN) [offered July 2020; committed to Purdue, November 2020]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-1 W, Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH) [offered July 2020; Minnesota not among ten finalists announced in November 2020]

See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for Minnesota women’s basketball

Disclaimers: The roster information, offers, and commitments are all unofficial. Offers come and go, so some offers listed may no longer be on the table, and some offers are erroneously reported. In addition, the target lists are inevitably incomplete because offers are not publicly reported for many prospects.

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