Friday, September 2, 2011

Minnesota Land of 10,000 Girl Guards

HoopGurlz, one of the leading if not the THE leading experts on girls basketball in America, has been taking note of Minnesota hoops again.

About a year ago Rachel Banham of North Tartan made a splash on the AAU circuit and emerged as the #18-ranked girl among the 2012s. And so, more recently, the Minnesota Gophers 2012 recruiting class, of which she is the headliner, is rated among the Top 20 recruiting classes in the USA.

Last week the 2013 ratings were updated and 2 Minnesotans appeared among the Top 100--and the top half of the top 100, really. Rebakah Dahlman of Braham is ranked #24 and Nia Coffey of Hopkins, now listed as a forward, is ranked #43.

Now comes word that Kenisha Bell, sophomore-to-be at Bloomington Kennedy who also summers with North Tartan, is ranked #18 among the 2014s. Of course, being #18 among the 2014s only makes her #10 at her position, which is point guard. It's a big year for point guards. But when you look at that list of the Top 25 2014s, the University of Minnesota is 1 of only 2 colleges that has got a commitment from any of them.

HoopGurlz notes that Bell will join fellow North Tartan alumnae Banham, Mikayla Bailey, Shayne Mullaney and Kayla Hirt as a Gopher.

The #18 ranking doesn't make Bell a better prospect than the #24 Dahlman, by the way. The 2013s are supposed to be a super class overall, and so the #24 Dahlman is rated at 95, the #43 Coffey at 94, and the #18 Bell at 93.

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