That was in the Borton & Stollings regimes. It's a new game with coach Whalen.Only other offers I know (at least locally) for 2022 is Amaya Battle and Maya Nnaji, both from Hopkins. However frankly between gophers recent history (Nia Coffey, Nia Hollie, and Paige) and comments from Hopkins coach saying things he was “hoping Bueckers would choose UConn” not sure I feel confident that gophers will get a kid out of Hopkins.
That was in the Borton & Stollings regimes. It's a new game with coach Whalen.
Mara Braun of Wayzata also has an offer. Lilly Meister (Rochester John Marshall) and Ellie Buzzelle (Rogers) are in the conversation, as well, but I don't believe they have been offered. Taylor Woodson and Nunu Agara of Hopkins are 2023s that have either been offered or likely will be.Only other offers I know (at least locally) for 2022 is Amaya Battle and Maya Nnaji, both from Hopkins. However frankly between gophers recent history (Nia Coffey, Nia Hollie, and Paige) and comments from Hopkins coach saying things he was “hoping Bueckers would choose UConn” not sure I feel confident that gophers will get a kid out of Hopkins.
Aaliyah Smith, a 5’5” point guard, is the nation’s 10th ranked girls’ player in the class of 2022, according to ESPNW’s player rankings. Yes, that’s nationally. Smith, a dazzling point guard with lightning handles and the ability to get to the rim, has already garnered attention from national scouts.
This summer she has taken her game onto the AAU circuit and continued to build on what was a standout freshman campaign.
Smith, who says she has already garnered offers from Division 1 schools like Arizona and Minnesota, says winning the state championship is the biggest thing on her radar right now. After that, she wants to go to college and study sports medicine while playing basketball at the highest collegiate level.
We talk a lot about height and length and athleticism when we evaluate basketball players. Those things are all important and not difficult to measure. What I am always more interested in, however, are the intangibles, which are a whole lot tougher to quantify. After all there is no measuring stick, no scale, no test yet devised to accurately gauge the one thing that matters most: how badly the player wants it. One thing I can tell you for sure is this: Nobody wants it more than Cambridge-Isanti guard Mikayla Aumer.
There are tons of great players in Minnesota, and dozens of them are putting in the hours necessary to get to the next level. Nobody earns a college basketball scholarship by hanging out at the beach and eating ice cream all summer. But if there is any player who is working harder to get the most out of her God-given talent than Aumer is I would love an introduction.
Aumer has gone from just another face in the crowd to a player whose services are now in demand. She was offered a roster spot by both North Tartan and the Metro Stars and has opted to go with Coach Starks. The team’s roster includes such elite prospects as Amaya Battle, Taylor Woodson and Nunu Agara of Hopkins, so there will be plenty of college coaches watching Aumer do her thing on a much bigger stage.
What they’ll see is a smart basketball player who can handle the ball and score in a variety of ways. They will also see a quality shooter with plenty of range. How much has Aumer improved? “Tremendously!” she said. “Mentally, physically, my handles. Everything collectively in my game has gotten better. Even if I am having a bad day in scoring I am always trying to contribute in other ways, whether it’s defense, getting a big stop, trying to make the right play at both ends of the court. There’s so many things you can do to help your team win.”
Aumer did it all for the Fury this summer. She scored 504 points, 198 more than her next highest-scoring teammate. She led the team in blocks and steals and was second by a hair in rebounds and assists. She shot 31% from three, 41% from two, 71% at the free throw line and was a +54.