There appears to be a real dearth of recruiting info with regards to the Gopher women. Does anyone have knowledge of who they might be recruiting in order to fill the 3 available scholarships?
I think we'll have to wait until the new coach is in place to see what will happen...There appears to be a real dearth of recruiting info with regards to the Gopher women. Does anyone have knowledge of who they might be recruiting in order to fill the 3 available scholarships?
I suspect Borton was a big reason some of these players didn't consider Minnesota.I wouldn't be against adding Dahlman to the roster, however I think it would be good if the Gophers can eventually get out of the mode of bringing in homegrown transfers who they recruited when in high school and those recruits chose to go to other schools for whatever reason. It's probably not a good message to continue to send that if you don't initially commit to play for the U of M, you can always transfer the school you chose isn't working out.
I suspect Borton was a big reason some of these players didn't consider Minnesota.
Now we have a new dilemma. Is Stollings the new Borton? Has Minnesota become an undesirable destination again?
Not a Borton fan here but, actually, the real difference is that Borton and those All Americans made it to a Final Four and a Sweet Sixteen, whereas Stollings couldn't even win a single NCAA tournament game.100% yes she is. Marlene is simply the younger version of borton meaning she was given a job she A, had no business getting and B, was 150% in over her head. Just like when Borton started her career, Stollings had All-Americans given to her and that type of talent can hide and cover up a lot of short-comining from coaches. I truly hope we don't need another 5 year NCAA tournament absence before the new AD does something. I don't understand even waiting till next year when the job will be even less desirable with Wagner, Edwards, and Fernstrom graduating. Just like Borton, it seems like Marlene burned the Minnesota High School coaches bridge pretty early in her career. Add on top of that having players like Allina Starr being less than happy with her move back home according to the recent article, can we really think marlene will be able to talk any HS top level kids or McDonalds all-americans to stay?! It really sucks that when the job finally came over 3 years ago we have the creep Teague screw us over with this hiring. I just wish the AD would of had the guts to cut her this year. As we see, unless a miracle happens, Marlene will not be turning this around. She used up the All-Americans given to her and now we are left with a talented but under-coached team. After next year's recruiting class of Pitts and possibly Kaba, what will her classes start to look like. Minnesota kids will notice when they are losing every game by double digits and cant even make the WNIT. I don't see any more Carlie Wagners or Rachel Banhams (kids who were born and raised to not want to leave the state) coming in MN High School girls basketball. MARLENE actually has to recruit and win over these kids....so far I don't see anything to tell me she will be any better than borton at doing that. Once again for the record, I don't give Borton credit for Banham/Wagner. Their family and hometown pride kept them here.
Actually Borton made two sweet sixteens bookending the final four appearance. In the first, they lost to Texas in Palo Alto where they had defeated Stanford in round two the previous week. And, of course, two years later, they lost in the sweet sixteen to eventual champion BaylorNot a Borton fan here but, actually, the real difference is that Borton and those All Americans made it to a Final Four and a Sweet Sixteen, whereas Stollings couldn't even win a single NCAA tournament game.
Not today, though, right? Thursday? And KSTC, not KSTP?For people in the state of Minnesota with local TV stations available, you can see two Gopher Recruits that are currently playing in MN Girls State basketball tournament.
All Games are on KSTP channel 45
Destiny Oberg-Sopheromore Center from Holy Angels on at noon CST
Paige Bueckers- Freshman Point-Guard from Hopkins at 6 PM CST
What's the Gophers' record of success for recruiting from Hopkins?
Bueckers was spectacular today in Hopkins' (narrow, possibly not entirely deserved) win over Eastview. Wow, is she impressive. Calm, not fantastic on defense but has active hands (she got crucial steals and a block), a steady rebounder and a great shooter who can shoot the three, drive to the basket, stop and pop (she had one drive through three defenders for an off-balance, circus, scoop shot at the rim that made me think she's stronger than her lanky frame would suggest). Scored 31 and I have not seen a box score but it seemed like she was shooting for a very high percentage. Forget the next three years of high school. The Gophers need her next year. There's another chance to watch her Friday as undefeated Hopkins takes on undefeated Elk River in the title game, on KSTC at