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Greater diversity unlikely in post-Borton Gopher women’s basketball

 

 

Thus far, Gopher AD Norwood Teague is two-for-two in firing coaches in consecutive years. He fired Pam Borton as the school’s women’s basketball coach, seemingly less than 24 hours after her last game last week. She got the ziggy in less time than Tubby Smith got axed around this same time nearly a year ago. Borton was my fifth coach I covered as the longest tenured Gopher women hoops beat writer, She had her faults — no coach is perfect, and for whatever reason, she couldn’t convince too many local Black females to play for her.  

Former Gopher Leah Cotton, who played for Borton (2010-13), recently spoke to the MSR while in town for the team’s Senior Night March 2. Continue Reading →

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Hoops superstar Tayler Hill gives back to South High

Former Minneapolis South girls’ basketball superstar TAYLER HILL, who recently finished her first season as a guard for the WNBA Washington Mystics, gave a free basketball clinic for girls ages 6-14 at her alma mater a couple of weeks ago. Hill, a 5’-10” guard, is among the most decorated high school players (boy or girl) in Minnesota history. After culminating a five-year varsity career with a Class 4A state championship, Metro Player of the Year,

Gatorade Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, and Miss Basketball, Hill accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State University. After a stellar four-year career in which she earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, she was the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft last spring. Hill comes from quite the basketball family. Continue Reading →

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Three great Minnesota players

 

 

When former Minneapolis South girls’ basketball player TAYLER HILL played her first regular season game for the WNBA Washington Mystics last May, the shooting guard, who started four years at Ohio State University, joined a select few of City Conference players to make the transition from college to the league designed to give women the opportunity to play professionally in the United States. TRACY HENDERSON got things started after starring at Patrick Henry (1989-93) and the University of Georgia (1993-1997) by playing for the now-defunct WNBA Cleveland Rockers during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons. This came about after starting at Georgia for four years and leading the Lady Bulldogs to the NCAA Final Four tournaments in 1995 and 1996. She played with Minneapolis North product BRANDI DECKER during her prep career. TAMARA MOORE, another former North player, who went on to play at the University of Wisconsin (1998-2002), started her WNBA career with the Minnesota Lynx and went on to play for six other teams  before calling it quits in 2007. Continue Reading →

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Local prep star returns as WNBA player

 

 

TAYLER HILL was back where her storied high school career as a guard for Minneapolis South ended in style four years ago. Only this time, the 2009 McDonald’s All-American and Miss Basketball came back to the Target Center as a member of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, who were in town to play the Minnesota Lynx. Hill, who was the fourth pick of the WNBA draft after an outstanding career at Ohio State University, had a host of family and friends present. These included father PAUL, who starred at South as a guard in the 1980s, brother PJ who played at Minneapolis North and was a point guard at OSU, and sister TANYSHA SCOTT who starred at DeLaSalle and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hill scored one point in seven minutes of play in the Mystics’ 79-75 win. Continue Reading →

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WNBA rookies learn the ropes

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Wearing a visitors’ uniform in her hometown is nothing new for Tayler Hill. Although she wore the Washington Mystics’ red road colors in the August 8 game against Minnesota, the host crowd warmly greeted the Minneapolis South and Ohio State graduate as she entered the contest near the three-minute mark left in the opening quarter. “The [Minnesota] fans never boo me,” says Hill. “I’ve always have been on opposite teams, and they still support me.”

The last time she talked with the MSR was a few hours after the Mystics selected her with their top pick (fourth overall) back in April. “We joked about it that she was the first draft of the other draft,” says Mystics Coach Mike Thibault on the Hill selection after the top three overall picks. Continue Reading →

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Rosters set for this year’s All-Star Classic

 

The 20th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic rosters are set. The event, to be held Sunday, June 16 at Schoenecker Arena on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, features some of the top local graduating boys’ and girls’ basketball players in the metro area.  

Girls’ Rosters (tip-off at 3 pm)

Team Faith, coached by FAITH JOHNSON-PATTERSON (DeLaSalle): CHANEL SCOTT (St. Paul Johnson); TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM (St. Continue Reading →

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WNBA season preview

 

 

 

The 2013 WNBA season opened last weekend in Dickensian fashion — great expectations. “I think this is the most anticipated season for me,” proclaims ESPN analyst and former WNBA coach/general manager Carolyn Peck. SB Nation’s Nate Parham analyzed each W club, in 25 words or less, by conference, beginning with the East:

[New coach Mike Thibault] “will make a huge difference” in Washington, but unresolved ball-handling issues may prove too much. Atlanta still is Angel McCoughtry’s team, but point guard might be a problem. This year’s second overall pick, Elena Delle Donne, will help Chicago, but can the Sky overcome the early absence of star guard Epiphanny Prince, who contractually must play in Russia in June? Continue Reading →

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All-Star Classic girls’ games feature future stars

 

 

In 1994, the first Inner City All-Star Classic (ICASC) basketball game was played in the gymnasium of Richard R. Green Central Park Community School in Minneapolis. The game featured the top senior boys’ basketball players of color in the metro area. In 2001, at the urging of late community activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added. McDonald, who passed away in October 2011, felt the game was needed after former Minneapolis North standouts TAMARA MOORE and MAURI HORTON held their own in the boys’ games in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Moore, who was named Ms. Basketball in 1998, starred at Wisconsin before playing in the WNBA for six years. Continue Reading →

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Tayler Hill moves on up to the big time

 

 

 

Tayler Hill soon will earn her human economy degree from Ohio State. A few weeks ago, she went on a few interviews and last week got her first job offer. “I never have been on a job interview, so I’m not sure exactly how that works,” admitted the Minneapolis native before interviewing for and accepting her first job as a professional basketball player. The Washington Mystics selected her as their first-round pick in this year’s WNBA draft, and she starts her post-college job in May. Hill briefly explained the interview process, which for a WNBA prospect is a lot different than NFL and NBA potential draftees: no 40-yard timings or individual workouts beforehand. Continue Reading →

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2013 W draft: a ‘huge buzz’ and no surprises

 

 

 

The Big 3 draft” was no surprise. Through the days and weeks, if not the last few years, leading up to Monday’s WNBA draft, top picks Britney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne were a three-headed Carly Simon anticipation trio of college stars that the league hadn’t seen before. The picks played out as expected. It was essentially two drafts in one. The game-changers went first:

The 6’-8 Griner, “an impact player,” was picked first by Phoenix. Continue Reading →

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