The prep girls’ basketball season has begun

Minnetonka senior point guard and Creighton University signee Kiani Lockett (0) goes for two in a game against White Bear Lake on Friday, November 26 at Hamline University.
Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

The Minnesota girls’ basketball season has gotten off to a great start with many outstanding players taking the court during Thanksgiving weekend. More recruiters are visiting the metro area on a consistent basis to draw from a talent pool that is among the nation’s best.

I’m not big on lists because someone’s always left out, but here are nine girls’ basketball players that come to mind as the season begins:

 Kaylynn Asberry, 5’5” senior guard (St. Paul Como Park): One of the state’s top point guards since her freshman year.

 Amaya Battle, 5’11” senior guard (Hopkins): The University of Minnesota signee, who is part of a historic recruiting class, has been a varsity player since eighth grade.

Nia Holloway, 6’0” senior forward (Eden Prairie): The University of Minnesota signee, also part of the Gophers’ historic recruiting class, has been among the state’s best.

Kiani Lockett, 5’9” senior point guard (Minnetonka): The Creighton University signee is one of the state’s elite point guards.

Maya Nnaji, 6’4” senior power forward (Hopkins): The University of Arizona signee is the state’s most dominant player whether it’s scoring, rebounding, or blocking shots.

Ronnie Porter, 5’2” senior guard (St. Paul Como Park): Can score at will while also setting up teammates for baskets.

Desiree Ware, 5’6” senior guard (Minnetonka): The University of Alabama Birmingham signee is part of one of the state’s top backcourts.

Savannah White, 6’1” senior guard (DeLaSalle): The University of Wisconsin signee has been among the state’s elite since her freshman year.

Taylor Woodson, 6’0” junior power forward (Hopkins): Is developing into quite a player on one of the state’s top teams.

After not being able to regularly attend games during the pandemic last year, it was good to be back in a gymnasium. It’s going to be a great season!

About Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. He can be reached at mcdeezy05@gmail.com.

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