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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Rochester Century guard verbals to UND

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Chris Stenzel was the Rochester Century girls basketball coach last season before resigning to become assistant women’s basketball coach at Rochester Community and Technical College.

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He’s a little jealous of the UND coaching staff.

That’s because Stenzel’s star player — 5-foot-10 Kanani Asuncion — has given a verbal commitment to North Dakota.

“She’s a coach’s dream,” Stenzel said. “I can’t say enough good things about her. She started for me since she was an eighth-grader.”

Asuncion, a junior last winter, averaged about 15 points and 8 rebounds per game last season for Rochester Century.

As an eighth-grader, Asuncion was all-conference honorable mention. Each year after that, she’s been a unanimous selection to the all-conference team.

She’s scored more than 1,000 points in her career.

Asuncion joins 6-foot-2 center Lexi Klabo of Fargo Davies and 5-foot-10 guard Jill Morton of Edina as UND’s early 2015 recruiting class.

Before breaking down her basketball skills, Stenzel stressed Asuncion’s character.

“I don’t know if you can find a nicer person,” he said. “She’s a great individual. She’s the type of person you love to have as a coach because you don’t have to worry about her academically or doing anything wrong.”

As far as strengths on the court, Stenzel says Asuncion has a rare mid-range game.

“She’s very athletic, quick and can jump out of the gym,” Stenzel said. “She has a beautiful pull-up jump shot, which is kind of lost in today’s game. She’s a very smart player and makes good decisions.”

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Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 
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