Former local prep stars who’ve reached the WNBA

This week’s column features four former Minnesota prep girls’ basketball players who went on to college and are now in the WNBA. Lindsay Whalen (Hutchinson, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Lynx), Tayler Hill (Minneapolis South, Ohio State University, Washington Mystics), Nia Coffey (Hopkins, Northwestern University, Las Vegas Aces), and Rachel Banham (Lakeville North, University of Minnesota, Connecticut Sun) have all made their marks thus far in the WNBA’s 20th season.


Lindsay Whalen
Lindsay Whalen Courtesy of the Lynx


Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (Hutchinson) remains the unquestioned leader of the defending WNBA champs. She had a season-high 17 points in the season-opener loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.


Tayler Hill Courtesy of the Mystics

Washington Mystics guard Tayler Hill (Minneapolis South) has played seven games since coming off a knee injury and recently had a season-high of 11 points in a loss to the Phoenix Mercury last month. She averaged 13.3 points per game last season.

Nia Coffey Courtesy of the Aces

Las Vegas Aces second-year guard Nia Coffey (Hopkins) has shown consistency all season while netting a season-high 23 points in a loss to the Seattle Storm last month.


Rachel Banham
Rachel Banham Courtesy of the Sun

Connecticut Sun guard Rachel Banham (Lakeville North) has appeared in every contest this season with a season-high of 20 points in a win over Indiana.