Gophers should continue their climb in the top 25.
It's the first time in three years that the Gophers have been ranked.
They broke the record set during Whalen's senior season as a player.
The Gophers host New Hampshire in the season opener Friday night.
Of course Whalen is friends with a superstar like Wade.
Whalen will now focus solely on coaching the Gophers.
Minnesota takes on the Sparks on Tuesday night.
The Lynx wrap up the regular season on Sunday, Aug. 19.
The trio of Whalen, Moore and Brunson have the most wins ever.
Staples will play for the WNBA superstar next season.
Whalen replaces Marlene Stollings, who left for Texas Tech.