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North Stars Girls Hoops 2014 Recruiting Recap
11/01/2013, 10:00am CDT
By Marc Hugunin

More 2014s go high D1 than 2013s

EIGHT OF THE TOP 14 ARE HEADED EAST

The recruiting is just about over for the class of 2014, at least for the most elite girls. A total of 14 Minnesotans are going “high D1,” which we interpret to mean BCS conferences—the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC, plus the “new” Big East.

The top rated girls who have not yet announced their college intentions are Brooke Yaggie, Thief River Falls (#28), Kayla Miller, Pequot Lakes (#31) and Mikayla Miller, Goodhue (#34). 

The Big East has picked up more than half of Minnesota’s “high D1s.”

• Creighton—Kylie Brown, Simley; Sydney Lamberty, Park; and Bailey Norby, Forest Lake

• Marquette—Kenisha Bell, Kennedy; Tia Elbert, Tartan; and Hannah Grim, Rosemount

• Seton Hall—Clare Lundberg, Anoka

• St. John’s—Tonoia Wade, Kennedy

Most likely to have an impact right out of the gate would seem to be Bell and Elbert, who could be running mates at Marquette some day. Longer term, lots of people think Kylie Brown has the most upside.

The Big Ten will have four Minnesota freshmen in 2014-2015. They are Chase Coley, Mpls. Washburn and Iowa; Kayla McMorris, Park Center and Wisconsin; and Grace Coughlin, Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Carlie Wagner, NRHEG, both going to Minnesota. Wagner would seem to have the potential to make an impact the earliest in her career, as a freshman, while Coley has the size to be the best of the four longer term.

Finally, Bryanna Fernstrom of Chisago Lakes is going to Iowa State, and Katie Quandt of Lakeville South is going to Boston College of the ACC.

THE MID-MAJORS

Another 18 girls are going to D1 mid-majors. Heading the list are three girls each heading north by northwest to North Dakota and North Dakota State.

• UND—Jordan Meyer, Anoka; Grace Sawatzke, Monticello; Bailey Strand, Fergus Falls

• NDSU—Olivia Baker, Minnetonka; McKenna Happke, Providence; Taylor Thunstedt, New London-Spicer

Sawatzke and Thunstedt have the most upside among this hot half dozen. The two are no longer in the same conference (which is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard, but never mind that now), but they are currently playing one another each year in a non-conference game. UND would seem to have gotten the best of it here, but time will tell.

Two girls each are going to the following mid-majors:

• Army—Daijzah and Destinee Morris, Centennial

• Denver—Jordyn Alt, Cretin-Derham Hall; Kaila Burroughs, St. Cloud Tech. Burroughs is the most awesome athlete in this entire class. Will her basketball skills catch up?

• South Dakota State—Alexis Alexander, Champlin Park; Ellie Thompson, Chaska

• Toledo—Lindsay Dorr, Rogers; Michaela Rasmussen, Holy Family. Toledo has become a powerhouse in recent years. Can Dorr and Rasmussen help maintain that level of play in northwest Ohio?

• Valparaiso—Georgi Donchetz, Burnsville; Anne Hamilton, Minnetonka

Finally, the following girls are headed singly to the following schools:

• Kendall Baab, Chaska and Marist, where she joins Sydney Coffey.

• Maddie Dean, Jordan and Drake

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

Year One

C- Chase Coley, Iowa

PF- Ellie Thompson, South Dakota State

SF- Kayla McMorris, Wisconsin

PG- Kenisha Bell, Marquette

SG- Carlie Wagner, Minnesota

Year Four

C- Coley

PF- Kylie Brown, Creighton

SF- Kaila Burroughs, Denver

PG- Bell

SG- Tia Elbert, Marquette