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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Country Day’s Jasmine Powell continues Detroit pipeline to Minnesota

By: Scott Burnstein, November 1, 2018, 1:10 pm

The pipeline from Detroit to the University of Minnesota women’s basketball program continues to bear fruit for the Golden Gophers on the recruiting trail.

On Wednesday, Birmingham Detroit Country Day combo guard Jasmine Powell committed to play her college hoops at Minnesota, following in the footsteps of Country Day alum Destiny Pitts, who currently starts for the Gophers out of the backcourt. The Bello twins (Taiye and Kehinde) from Southfield are on the Gophers roster too.

Like Pitts before her, Powell is savvy as she is lethal on the hardwood and considered a four-star recruit. The two were teammates on Country Day’s 2017 Class B state championship team. Powell led the powerhouse Yellowjackets to a repeat crown last winter averaging 16 points per game. She’s the fifth commitment for Minnesota’s Class of 2019 recruiting crop. ESPN ranks her the No. 78 prospect in the nation and she should be a genuine sleeper candidate for Miss Basketball come March.

Last year, Minnesota went 24-6. The Golden Gophers are coached by retired WNBA superstar Lindsay Whalen, about to begin her first season on the bench after a recent retirement from the state’s WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx.