FARGO — The North Dakota State women's basketball program is going through a new-look phase in the offseason with the hiring of head coach Jory Collins. The former University of Kansas assistant has been busy on the recruiting trail, including bringing in a high school graduate and a junior college transfer.
In the case of the latter, Heaven Hamling showed on Twitter this week she's not afraid to add some splash to her game. The sophomore, who transferred from Stephen F. Austin (Texas), displayed a trick shot that is made-for-TV. After canning one shot from the first row of the stands at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex, the former Miss Basketball finalist from Grand Rapids, Minn., upped her game significantly when she moved to the Nodak Insurance practice court.
With her back to the basket, her underhand throw bounced off the middle of the sidewall and back into the basket. Asked by a fan how many tries it took, she estimated between 10 and 15.
Hamling averaged 19.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists her senior year at Grand Rapids. She finished with 2,783 career points. At Stephen F. Austin, she played in 32 games averaging 5.4 points and 16 minutes a game.
"She is a terrific young lady who comes from a great family," Collins said in a statement when Hamling signed. "She had a great freshman season at Stephen F. Austin State. Her character and commitment to the game will positively impact the culture we are trying to establish. Not only is she a winner, but she's a coach's kid as well. She has a tremendous feel for the game to go along with natural scoring ability. Heaven can play both on and off the ball but she has a scorer's mentality."
And she also has a flair for the trick shot.