PPD: Five Star Additions Expected to Boost Gophers

Ignatius L Hoops

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Andy Greder:

A talent infusion is hitting the Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball program with the addition of two five-star recruits: guard Alexia Smith and forward Kadi Sissoko.

Sissoko is a 6-foot-2 redshirt sophomore, Paris native and transfer from Syracuse in the 2018 recruiting class, and Smith is a 5-foot-8 true freshman guard from Columbus, Ohio, in the 2020 class. Together, they could help head coach Lindsay Whalen in a breakthrough third season.

After the Gophers’ first official practice on Wednesday, Whalen, who has a 37-26 record at Minnesota praised that pair but was careful not to go overboard.

“I think (Sissoko) can have a huge impact not only on our team but on the conference,” Whalen said. “I have to measure my expectations and I have to remember that she hasn’t played in two years, and so she is working and she is getting there. She is a great kid, great team locker-room person, so that has been fun just to see her grow into that as well.”
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Powell gave her impressions of Sissoko and Smith. “I really think that Kadi’s length is going to be great for us. Alexia is really fast, as well. She is a great on-ball defender. … Driving is both of their best suits. Being able to help us in fast breaks and everything is going to be big for us.”
 

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What is the point of calling Alexia Smith a “five-star” recruit? The 4 major recruiting services rank her as # 68 (ESPN), 126 (ASGR), 121 (PN), and 150 (BS). I get that there is a lot of hyperbole in recruiting discussions, but this seems absurd.
 
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