Girls’ basketball player ranked top 10 in Minnesota

Star Tribune ranking features Park athlete


Megan Hoenie

Junior Kendall Coley defends junior Raegan Alexander Nov. 14. Coley was recently ranked as one of the top 10 Minnesota girls' basketball recruits, according to the Star Tribune.

Noah Orloff

When junior Kendall Coley found out she was announced as one of Ron Haggerston’s Star Tribune top 10 Minnesota girls’ basketball recruits, she said she was surprised.

“I was shocked because I didn’t know it had happened,” Coley said.

Coach Arsenio Richardson said Coley’s ranking serves as an example for other players on the team. 

“I was excited for her because I know if you put in the time and effort and work she puts in, you want to be acknowledged for it,” Richardson said. “I think it reassures some of the girls that if you do put in the time, you can get recognized.”

Coley said she is prepared to begin the basketball season after a three month break, looking to improve her game. 

“I’m working on getting more aggressive on the court,” Coley said.

According to Richardson, Coley has improved throughout her high school career thus far. 

“She’s thin in stature, but in these last three years she’s really gotten a lot more strength, a lot more balance, a lot more confident,” Richardson said. “She’s able to handle the ball better each year (and) shoot the ball better.”

Junior Emma Amon said Coley’s ranking was not unexpected since she earned the ranking.

“I wasn’t surprised because I know Kendall has talent, but I think it is a huge achievement for her and she deserves all the recognition,” Amon said. 

Coley, along with the rest of Park girls’ basketball, will play their first game against Hill Murray High School 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Hopkins High School.