Lindsay Whalen Hasn’t Coached a Game but Recruiting is Already Impressive

The University of Minnesota’s decision to appoint Lindsay Whalen as the HC of the Gopher’s Women’s basketball team was a proverbial slam dunk. As soon as she was mentioned as a candidate, it was evident that if you build it hire her, ‘they’ will come.

In this particular circumstance, the word ‘they’ is referring to top-tier recruits. Not whoever the hell DJ Khaled is talking about.

Less than one month into her coaching tenure, the 4x WNBA champions’ impact on “Gophers recruiting is already being felt.

On Sunday, Sara Scalia’s Maroon and Gold commitment was the first of the Whalen era. Just three days later, the rookie coach quickly doubled down on her personal recruiting total:

Mercedes Staples played her high school basketball at Viewmont High School in Utah. The four star guard is currently the 64th ranked player in the class of 2018. As for why the 22 point per game scorer decided to take her talents to Minnesota, it wasn’t because of the weather:


Obviously, without Whalen at the helm, the highly coveted recruit (95 overall grade) wouldn’t be a future Gopher.

Unlike Staples, the earlier mentioned Sara Scalia’s college relocation won’t involve crossing any state lines. As stated in her announcement to attend Minnesota, the Stillwater product is “STAYING HOME!!”:



Thus far, Whalen’s ability to juggle her immense amount of coaching and Lynx related responsibilities has been more than impressive.

Minnesota’s Queen of Basketball’s day-to-day must be an absolute grind factory. However unimaginably jam-packed her schedule may be, all of that hard work appears to be paying off.

Johnny Minnesota (@TheJohnnyMN)

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