Adrian Peterson’s Daughter; 8th-Grader Ari Peterson Offered by Minnesota Gophers WBB

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Ari Peterson, daughter of Minnesota Vikings icon and potential NFL Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, has been offered a scholarship spot on the University of Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball team.

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She made the announcement on Instagram Wednesday, including the hashtag “uncommitted” to clarify her status. Peterson is only an 8th-grader (class of 2028) so it’s not like 1st-year head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is putting any pressure on the middle schooler to make a decision..

“After a nice talk with Coach Plitzuweit, I am so blessed and excited to receive my first offer from the University of Minnesota! Go Gophers!”

Ari Peterson – Instagram

Ari Peterson offered by Minnesota Gophers; Maddyn Greenway teammate

Peterson, currently in eighth grade, is a standout player for Providence Academy a private (Catholic) school in Plymouth, Minnesota. She’s averaging 11.8 points per game and her team is 17-3. Ari, along with former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway’s daughter, Maddyn Greenway, goes to school and plays for Providence Academy.

Maddyn Greenway, a sophomore in high school, is widely regarded as one of the top girls basketball prospects nationally, in the Class of 2026. She too got an offer from Minnesota a few years ago, as an 8th grader, though hers came before her 8th grade season even began. Subsequently, Creighton, Iowa, Michigan, Iowa State, Wisconsin, South Dakota State, and Maryland all followed suit with offers of their own.

Greenway is two years older than Peterson, but is it possible we could see both of these two and possibly teammates in maroon and gold? Ari also played on the varsity team last season, as a 7th grader. Time will tell, but for now, they’ll focus on the 2+ years of varsity basketball that they still have left together.

Maddyn’s sister, Beckett Greenway (7th grade), is the youngest girl on the team this season. If I had to guess, I’d say there’s probably an offer coming in her near future, too.