Maya Nnaji commits to Arizona Wildcats as highest-rated recruit ever

May 10, 2021, 1:36 PM

Maya Nnaji (Screenshot/@maya_nnaji23)...

Maya Nnaji (Screenshot/@maya_nnaji23)


Five-star recruit Maya Nnaji revealed on Monday that she will be bringing her talents to Tucson and joining the Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball squad.

The 6-foot-4 forward from Minnesota announced her commitment via a video on Instagram, but she first revealed her decision to UArizona’s staff, including head coach Adia Barnes, over Zoom.

Nnaji is the highest-rated player Arizona’s women’s program has ever landed — ranked No. 7 overall and the third-best forward in the Class of 2022 by ESPN.

“This school has been watching and supporting me from the sidelines since Day One,” Nnjai said in her announcement video. “They saw a spark in me at an early age and now they’re like family.”

She joins No. 18 recruit Kailyn Gilbert as the two Wildcats commitments so far.

Nnaji continues on a family legacy by joining the Wildcats, as her older brother, Zeke Nnaji, also played for Arizona. Zeke played one season with Arizona and was named All-Pac-12 Freshman of the Year before he was selected No. 20 overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Last season was Arizona’s best in school history, toppling national powerhouse UConn in the Final Four to reach the NCAA championship game for the first time. The Wildcats then lost to Pac-12 rival Stanford by one point.

Arizona Basketball

Caleb Love, North Carolina transfer, Arizona Wildcats...

Arizona Sports

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona hoops

Caleb Love, who led the North Carolina Tar Heels in scoring, announced Tuesday that he will transfer to join the Arizona Wildcats.

3 days ago

Conrad Martinez Arizona Wildcats...

Jake Anderson

Wildcats hoops nabs commitment from Spanish guard Conrad Martinez

Joventut Badalona point guard Conrad Martinez of Spain committed to play basketball for the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday.

8 days ago

Keshad Johnson #0 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating ...

Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball lands San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson

San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson announced his commitment to Arizona on Saturday at a gathering with head coach Tommy Lloyd present.

13 days ago

Pelle Larsson #3 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball against the UCLA Bruins in the first half...

Kellan Olson

Arizona guard Pelle Larsson returning after testing draft waters

Arizona guard Pelle Larsson is returning to the program next season after he briefly tested the NBA Draft waters, he announced on Instagram.

17 days ago

Tommy Lloyd...

Arizona Sports

Lithuanian big Motiejus Krivas commits to Arizona basketball

Lithuanian Motiejus Krivas told ESPN on Tuesday he has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, giving Tommy Lloyd's roster its fourth 7-footer.

17 days ago

Oumar Ballo #11 of the Arizona Wildcats is fouled by Maxime Raynaud #42 of the Stanford Cardinal in...

Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball schedules Thanksgiving Day game vs. Michigan State

The Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team will face the Michigan State Spartans on Thanksgiving of 2023.

18 days ago

Maya Nnaji commits to Arizona Wildcats as highest-rated recruit ever