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WBB News: Nia Clouden Preseason All-B1G, Four 2021 Commits Sign Letters of Intent

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Nia Clouden Named All-Big Ten Preseason Team

Michigan State junior guard Nia Clouden was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by both coaches and media.

Per the Press Release by MSU Athletics:

During the 2019-20 campaign, Clouden finished the season first on the team in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, which was also eighth in the Big Ten. She also tied for 14th in the league in assists (3.3 apg) and 11th in steals (1.7 spg). Last season, Clouden captured second-team All-Big Big Ten honors after being named to the honorable mention squad as a freshman.

Indiana and Northwestern led the way in both with two players, while Indiana was picked in both the coaches and media polls to win the Big Ten. Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Rutgers all had one player selected in both polls. The media poll named Lindsey Pulliam of Northwestern the Preseason Player of the Year, while the coaches tied for Naz Hamilton of Michigan and Arella Guirantes of Rutgers.

2021 Early Signing Day

The Michigan State Women’s Basketball team announced four National Letters of Intent today. Signees included Damya Hagemann, Isaline Alexander, Brooklyn Rewers, and Lauren Walker.

Here is what Michigan State had to say about each signee in the official press release announcing the signing class.

Isa Alexander

Alexander is a 6-3 forward who plays for head coach Jodi Gram at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. She is rated No. 6 nationally overall and No. 1 at her position by the Crown Queens Report. During her junior season, she averaged 18.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Alexander has significant international experience, playing for Team Canada. At the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championship, she averaged 7.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as Team Canada reached the finals. She earned first-team All-Star honors at the tournament as well. In 2019, Alexander was also named to the Bio Steel All-Star Canadian team.

Lauren Walker

The Only Colors broke down both Lauren Walker and Brooklyn Rewers here following their verbal commitments this summer. MSU Athletics offered the following comments today after they both signed their Letter of Intent:

Walker is a 6-2 forward who plays for head coach Derrick DeWitt at Marietta High School. As a junior, she averaged 14.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Walker also added 15 double-doubles in 28 games last season. She captured Georgia High School Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State honors after the 2019-20 season. Walker earned All-Conference honors three-straight seasons, along with capturing AJC All-State accolades last season. She plays AAU for Hoop Dreams and was coached by Dorian Williams

Brooklyn Rewers

Rewers is a 6-4 center who plays for head coach James Anders at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Her sister, Lauren, who plays basketball at Michigan State, is a graduate senior this season. The younger Rewers was named to the Idaho 5A All-State second team, averaging 18.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. She led the state in scoring and blocks. Rewers has been named Inland Empire League 5A Player of the Year for two-straight years. She also plays AAU for the Northwest Blazers under head coach Steve Klees.

Damiya Hagemann

The Only Colors broke down Damiya Hagemann’s verbal commitment back in early September here. The MSU Athletic department issued the following comments today on her letter of intent:

Hagemann is a 5-7 guard, who is a native of Mount Clemons, Michigan, attends Detroit Edison Public School Academy, and is coached by Monique Brown. She led the Pioneers to two state championships, and her quest for her third-straight title was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the leading candidate for Michigan’s Miss Basketball. Hagemann is ranked No. 5 at her position and No. 23 overall nationally by ESPNW HoopGurlz. She was recently named to the Naismith High School Girls Trophy Watch List. She also plays AAU ball for Michigan Crossover. Her junior season, Hagemann averaged 12.1 points, 7.3 assists, while adding 3.0 steals per game, leading Edison to a 23-0 record. Hagemann was named to the Detroit News Dream Team in 2020, as well being named to the Division 2 All-State first team in 2019 and 2020.