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Hopkins standout Maya Nnaji makes the cut for the McDonald’s All American Game

By Star Tribune staff, 01/25/22, 5:00PM CST


The 6-4 forward, ranked ninth in the 2022 recruiting class and headed to Arizona, continues a run for Minnesota.

Hopkins forward Maya Nnaji put up a shot against Sidwell Friends on Friday, a matchup of national girls' basketball powers. ALEX KORMANN, Star Tribune

For the fifth consecutive year, a Minnesotan is on the roster for the McDonald’s All American high school all-star basketball game.

Maya Nnaji, a 6-4 senior forward for Hopkins, is among 24 players picked for the girls’ game. She was among 15 Minnesotans nominated before rosters were revealed Tuesday.

Minnehaha Academy’s Chet Holmgren made the boys’ roster last season. Three Minnesotans, Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers among them, made the teams in 2020. Bueckers was joined by Prior Lake’s Dawson Garcia and Minnehaha Academy’s Jalen Suggs, who made the boys’ roster. In 2019, Matthew Hurt of Rochester John Marshall made the boys’ roster, and Tre Jones of Apple Valley was picked in 2018 for the boys’ game.

Nnaji is the 19th Minnesotan selected for the all-star games, which aim to gather the nation’s top recruits. She’s the fourth player from Hopkins, after Bueckers in 2020, Nia Coffey in 2013 and Kris Humphries in 2003.

Ranked ninth among national recruits by HoopGurlz, Nnaji has signed with Arizona. Her brother Zeke also played for Arizona and is now with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.

The girls’ and boys’ games will be played March 29 in Chicago.

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