McKenna Minter

McKenna Minter, who holds multiple Division I scholarship offers, is expecting a successful senior season at Lincoln Northeast.

McKenna Minter is back to her normal self.

The Lincoln Northeast guard missed nearly all of her sophomore season with a torn ACL, but she bounced back nicely with a strong junior year. And this summer she's shown off her skills with Nebraska Attack, scoring and slashing to the basket.

"It's definitely a relief,” Minter said. “Being out that long and not being able to play was hard as an athlete. Knowing I can run and jump now, it is definitely a relief."

Scholarship opportunities have come as the 5-foot-9 Minter enters her senior year. She currently holds Division I offers from Denver, Illinois State, Seton Hall and Wichita State. Minnesota, Penn State, Butler and Cleveland State have shown interest.

Minter has begun setting up visits for the fall.

“I’m planning on Seton Hall and Butler for official visits in September," Minter said.

Minter likes to pick up the pace and is an aggressive scorer. She wants a college that matches her playing style.

"I'm looking for a school that wants to play fast and in attack mode,” Minter said. “I don't really care about the weather or anything. I am looking for a championship and somewhere I can win."

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She has a valuable resource to help her with the recruiting process. Her father, Mike Minter, was a standout football player at Nebraska and is now the head football coach at Campbell University in North Carolina.

She leans on him for advice with her recruitment.

“Every night we talk on the phone and he gives me advice on what to say to coaches and how to handle the process," McKenna Minter said.

Her senior season at Northeast will bring change. Steve Bartek retired earlier this year after nine years as the Rockets' girls coach and eight as the boys coach.

Former Rocket standout Charity Iromuanya was named the new coach in April.

"I think it is a really good change,” Minter said. “We are going to miss Bartek, but Charity brings that culture, and I know she has the mentality to get us ready to win."

And Minter's game has changed this summer, too.

"I definitely think my court vision has expanded a lot and I feel like I make better passes and decisions to help my team win,” Minter said. “For sure my perimeter shooting and left hand have gotten better, but I would say I need to definitely get better at those.”​

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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