Michigan all-state guard Deja Church commits to Gophers
September 22, 2016 — 4:33pm
For the second time in her 2017 recruiting class, Gophers women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings landed one of the top players in Michigan with a commitment from three-star guard Deja Church on Thursday.
Church, a 5-foot-10 senior at Lathrup High School in Southfield, Mich., joins four-star wing Destiny Pitts from Detroit Country Day High School in Minnesota's class.
She also considered schools such as Stanford, Oklahoma State, Michigan and DePaul, according to her ESPN.com profile. Church is a four-star prospect on ProspectsNation.com's recruiting site.
At Lathrup, Church averaged 19 points a game as a junior, while earning all-state honors. She also shared the state's Class A Player of the Year award with Mardrekia Cook, now a Michigan State freshman.
ALL GLORY TO GOD! I have chosen to continue my academic and basketball career at The University Of Minnesota!🏀〽️Thank u everyone!#B1G #2021 pic.twitter.com/nyZl08FG8e
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