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Bison women's basketball teams adds two Twin Cities standouts for '24 class

NDSU picked up its first two commits for the Class of 2024, coming from rival schools in the Twin Cities.

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Maple Grove's Claire Stern (left) guards during a Crimson practice. She verbally committed to North Dakota State women's basketball last week. Special to Dom Izzo, WDAY Sports.
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FARGO - North Dakota State women's basketball coach Jory Collins wanted to make sure that he made an imprint in recruiting in the Twin Cities.

Mission accomplished.

Late last week the Bison received two commitments from two of the top players for the Class of 2024 in Centennial's Marisa Frost and Maple Grove's Claire Stern.

The two are considered the fifth and eighth ranked prospects in the state of Minnesota.

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"For them to get both of those players out of the Class of 2024 is a huge get for the Bison." said Maple Grove head coach Mark Cook.

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Frost is a 5-8 point guard for the Cougars, who finished with a 19-12 record in 2022. They won the Section 7AAAA title, before losing to St. Michael-Albertville in the state quarterfinals.

"She's a quiet assassin, she doesn't want the attention, she can fly, she's a great defender. I know NDSU had conversations with her earlier in the summer and they offered her last month." said Centennial girls basketball head coach Jamie Sobolik.

"She's a very humble kid, when you have a conversation, you know you're not going to have a problem with her." Sobolik said.

Claire Stern is a 6-1 small forward that had her sophomore season shortened by a serious injury.

"Claire broke a vertebrae in her lower back when she dove for a ball and she actually played thru it." Cook said.

"She finally got cleared for activities in June and full go in July. She can take the ball to the basket, she can shoot from the perimeter, she can rebound, Claire is a complete player for sure."

Stern played in 19 games for the Crimson, averaging 8.2 points per game.

This continues a trend for Collins to hit the state of Minnesota hard. He added Lakeville North grad transfer Taylor Brown from American University for this upcoming season, joining Grand Rapids Heaven Hamling and another former Maple Grove standout, Abby Schulte.

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Collins already has commitments from two Minnesotans for the Class of 2023, Hamling's younger sister, Taryn and Montevideo's Avery Koenen.

The Bison are slated to host the University of Minnesota this November. "We're going to have a lot of Minnesotans on are roster and that's going to be a big game for us and fill up the SHAC hopefully." Collins said.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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