"I chose to enroll early because of the unique circumstances of this year," Borowicz said in a statement released by the team. "COVID-19 has changed a lot of aspects of not only my life, but everyone's lives. There were a lot of variables to consider but ultimately I knew it would give me the greatest chance to become a better basketball player."
Ranked as the 98th best player in the nation by ESPN's Hoopgurlz in the class of 2021, she was the 19th-ranked point guard. The 5-7 Borowicz averaged 31.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.2 steals and 6.0 assists per game. A member of the Roseau varsity since the seventh grade, she helped Roseau win a state title in 2017.
"We know Katie has the ability to score and create assists at an elite level," Whalen said. "We are looking forward to her providing depth in our backcourt."
Aren’t they already pretty full at PG? If she were to take any significant time from an established player, I smell transfer(s) in the works."We are looking forward to her providing depth in our backcourt."
I’m a huge Whalen fan. I’ve been one my whole life, and they will probably never change. I have many opinions on things that could change program wide. (But I’m not the one coaching haha) I by no means am blaming a single player or 2 for this season. They have been through a lot. I do think this team needs an identity and I don’t know if all the girls on the current team will buy into it. That’s more what I’m saying. Idk it’s hard. It’s hard to have buy total buy in.Do you find yourself waffling between whether winning one game is the players fault or the coaching system?
Literally CAN NOT GO without complaining about something. Add a player, lose a player, win a game, lose a game, doesn't matter he has to have something negative. If the Gophers could do something or play bad enough to once and for all lose you a "fan", I hope to god they do it soon.
Shes not going to take any significant time from anyone this year. She probably wont play much at all but this allows her to get a head start and get acclimated to college hoops in a year that doesnt count against anyones eligibility. Im surprised more recruits across the country arent doing this.
If I am not mistaken, this is a free year.
She will still have 4 years after this year.
That was my initial thought, but Whalen was really talking her up (“elite level”) and Borowicz seemed extra excited. I wonder if Whalen made any promises on playing time to nudge Borowicz into this early commit.She’s not going to take any significant time from anyone this year. She probably wont play much at all but this allows her to get a head start and get acclimated to college hoops in a year that doesnt count against anyones eligibility. Im surprised more recruits across the country arent doing this.
It was a week before the Nov. 11 signing day, when Borowicz was going to make official her intent to play for the Gophers women's basketball team. She was on a FaceTime call with Lindsay Whalen, her future coach, who asked a question. Something like this:
Do you think it would be crazy if you graduated early and came to play with the Gophers right away?
"I was like, 'Is that a thing?'" Borowicz said Wednesday.
Now she's here, rooming with fellow freshmen Erin Hedman and Caroline Strande and transfer Kayla Mershon. She is learning the Gophers playbook during practices longer than she can ever remember in high school. She has yet to start classes at the U, but is confident there, too.