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The No. 7 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 is off the board. Maya Nnaji has committed to play for Arizona, announcing her decision in a video posted to her Twitter account.

The 6-foot-4 forward from Hopkins High School in Minnesota is the second commitment for the Wildcats, joining No. 18 Kailyn Gilbert, a 5-8 point guard from Florida. She’s also the Wildcats’ highest-ranked recruit in history.

Nnaji joins six others from the top 10 in the class of 2022 to have already committed, including No. 1 Lauren Betts (Stanford), No. 3 Ayanna Patterson and No. 5 Isuneh Brady (both UConn), and No. 4 Timea Gardiner and No. 10 Raegan Beers (both Oregon State).

Nnaji’s older brother, Zeke, also played at Arizona. He was Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2020 and was drafted No. 22 overall by the Denver Nuggets. Maya Nnaji cited Zeke’s experience as helping her in the process, but asserts she picked Arizona for her own reasons.

“The biggest areas for me were academics, playing style, player development, strength and conditioning, the community, and nutrition, too,” said Maya, whose family is vegan. “I want to be a doctor, so having a good pre-med program was really important to me. And having the support staff that will help me balance that heavy load, while also being able to be my best on the court as well.”

She adds that Arizona’s run in the NCAA tournament helped to seal the deal and that she believes coach Adia Barnes will be a great mentor. 

Nnaji also considered Stanford, Maryland, UCLA and Illinois before settling on the Wildcats.