Women’s hoops lands prospects

Four recruits signed letters of intent Tuesday.

Aleutian Calabay

On Wednesday, the Minnesota women’s basketball team introduced the next generation of Gophers with four incoming recruits: Sari Noga, Kionna Kellogg , Janelle Cannon and Micaella Riche. âÄúThis is a very exciting day for Gophers women’s basketball with national letter of intent signing,âÄù Minnesota head coach Pam Borton said . “We feel like we’ve put together a championship recruiting class, four very good students, quality families and players who are very excited to be Gophers.” Noga comes to Minnesota as a 5-foot-10-inch shooting guard from Parkers Prairie, Minn. adding yet another player to the women’s basketball team from rural Minnesota. Noga, a senior at Parkers Prairie High School, has twice been named the Little Eight ConferenceâÄôs most valuable player and has already collected more than 2,800 points and 1,300 rebounds in her high school career. Kellogg is a 6-foot-1-inch center and power forward from Ames, Iowa. As a junior, she averaged 13.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game and was named as a 2009 Iowa Girls Coaches Association first-team all-state honoree. Kellogg is also the first Gophers women’s basketball recruit to come out of Iowa since 1985. Cannon signed on with the Gophers as a 5-foot-8-inch senior out of Wheeling, Ill. She averaged 15.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a junior, as her team went 32-2 on the season. Cannon was then named to the Illinois all-state third-team. The Gophers also reached north of the border to bring in Riche, a 6-foot-2-inch power forward from Gloucester, Ontario . Riche has spent the last couple of years playing for the Candian Under-15 and Under-17 teams. She also led the Ontario team to a bronze medal in the 2009 Canada Games, where she scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the third-place game. There is also a fifth recruit the Gophers will be adding to the mix, but since they are yet to recieve her signed letter of intent, the team cannot reveal her name or comment about her. “They’re all extremely different,” said Borton. “They bring different things to the table on both ends on the floor, and I think all five of them have the potential to play right away.”