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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 06 2012

Bison women's basketball gets verbal commitment from sophomore

FARGO – Chloe Wanink was a national Punt, Pass & Kick champion representing the Green Bay Packers two years ago. Once she gets to college, she’ll be representing the same team colors.

The sophomore guard from Cameron, Wis., gave North Dakota State a verbal commitment for women’s basketball and will be part of the 2015 recruiting class. It’s a rare early sophomore commit for NDSU, which in the past has gotten commitments from high school juniors or seniors.

“It’s always been something she’s been working toward since she began playing basketball,” said Nick Wanink, her father. “He goal was to play for a Division I university.”

She averaged 19.1 points per game as a freshman, shooting 62 percent from the field for Cameron High School. Nick Wanink said she was contacted by other schools, but NDSU was the first scholarship offer.

“We checked into the academic program and all of our questions were answered,” he said. “It was an easy decision, and it was her decision.”

An all-around athlete, Chloe Wanink was an all-conference selection in volleyball and was a state qualifier in track and field in addition to her winning the national Punt, Pass & Kick championship at a NFC divisional playoff game in Atlanta.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for us,” Nick Wanink said. “She’s seen a lot of success as young as she is.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia