White, Porter headed to Wisconsin

Photos by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald (l-r) Kaylynn Asberry (St. Paul Como Park) ; Maya Nnaji (Hopkins) and Amaya Battle (Hopkins)

All- Metro players Savannah White (DeLaSalle) and Ronnie Porter (St. Paul Como Park) have both committed to continue their collegiate basketball careers at the University of Wisconsin next season.

White and Porter faced each other in the Section 4AAA championship game last month. Porter led the Cougars to a third-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament.

Bueckers leads UConn

Former Hopkins girls’ basketball standout, current University of Connecticut standout, and 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Paige Bueckers was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team.

Bueckers, who spent most of the season injured, recovered in time to lead UConn to the Final Four and runner-up finish. She led the Huskies to the Elite Eight in 2021.

U getting good player in Battle

The University of Minnesota is getting quite the player in Hopkins guard Amaya Battle. The senior led the Royals to the Class 4A championship last month in dominant fashion.

Battle was also named to the Class 4A state tournament All-Tournament team as she helped Hopkins recover from an upset loss in the tournament last season. The Royals were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation this year.

Asberry headed to St. Peter

Point guard Kaylynn Asberry, one of the state’s top players since seventh grade and part of Como Park’s Class 3A third-place team, is headed to St. Peter’s (N.J.) next season.

Former Minneapolis North All-Conference girls’ basketball player Stacia Hines played for St. Peters from 1988-92. She led North to City Conference titles in 1987 and 1988.

Nnaji’s a McDonald All-American

Hopkins center Maya Nnaji, who helped the Royals capture the Class 4A state tournament title, played in the McDonald’s All-American game last week.

After last year’s surprise exit from the state tournament, Nnaji vowed that her team would win the tournament this season. She is headed to the University of Arizona.