Approaching recruiting a bit like a game of chess, the Arizona Women’s Basketball team offered the sister of a prominent 2019 recruit!
Meet Maya Nnaji, the sister of 2019 recruit and current Arizona Basketball target, Zeke Nnaji. Well, playing a bit of a chess game, the Arizona Women’s Basketball team has decided to get in on the action as well, officially offering Maya.
As it stands, her older brother Zeke is a highly regarded recruit and currently ranks 30th in the country according to 247Sports. Zeke is being targeted by numerous schools, with Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Kansas, Minnesota, UCLA, Xavier and Arizona presumably doing the best.
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So far, it seems like the younger Nnaji is making a path for herself as well. Already a growing star in the class of 2022, it seems early on, Maya is quite the athlete too, already securing offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and now Arizona among others.
The news of the Arizona offer came yesterday when Zeke was on a visit to Tucson. Maya apparently had joined her brother in visiting Arizona, and as a result got the official offer.
Beyond the move being a strategic one by the Wildcats, make no mistake, Maya is a fantastic basketball player with a lot of skill.
Finally entering her freshman season, she will play at Hopkins High School (Hopkins, MN) this season, where her brother also goes to school.
Early on, she’s been drawing a lot of praise and rightfully so. Standing at 6-feet-1-inch, she even has a bit of room to grow too!
Maya is a high-level player with tremendous upside! She plays more as a forward, but has great vision, ball handling, and a nice shooting touch, like this pull up jumper:
The offer is a solid one, and a player like Maya could do great things at Arizona. Head coach Adia Barnes has certainly been doing work in recruiting, and the Wildcats have made great strides as of recent.
As you may recall, the Wildcats signed one of the best classes this past season, with Cate Reese perhaps highlighting the class! However, the Wildcats did receive bad news as five-star recruit Valeria Trucco will not come to Tucson, and instead will play for her hometown team in Italy, Pallacanestro Torino.
Regardless, the Wildcats should still be okay and could have a pretty solid year. They return virtually every major contributor, including their four top scorers from last year, they signed a talented class, and they added three additional players who will be eligible for 2018, who sat out the year before due to transfer rules.
At Zona Zealots, we would like to congratulate Maya on her offer and wish her continued success as she begins her high school career! Bear Down, Arizona!