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Lindsay Whalen signs top 100 point guard Mercedes Staples to play for the Gophers

Staples will play for the WNBA superstar next season.

It's only been a little more than three weeks since Lindsay Whalen was hired to coach the Golden Gophers women's basketball team and she's already landed a couple of high-profile recruits. 

Stillwater Area High School junior guard Sara Scalia was the first less than a week ago, and on Wednesday Whalen signed a four-star recruit out of Utah, Mercedes Staples. 

Staples is a pretty big get for the Gophers. The 5-foot-10 point guard is ranked 64th nationally in the Class of 2018, according to ESPN, which describes her as an "athletic lead-guard with a scorer's mentality." 

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She averaged 22 points and four assists per game last season. 

“Mercedes is someone that has a lot of different skills and brings a lot to the team,” Whalen said in a press release. “She can pass it with the best of them, can see the floor, can shoot and can score it. She’s got great size and length so we’re really excited about her joining our Gopher family."

Whalen is also in the process of starting the new WNBA season as the point guard of the Minnesota Lynx. 

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