Nov. 14, 2012
Braham, Minn./Braham Area
ESPN HoopGurlz Rank - 16th
ESPN HoopGurlz Rating - Five Stars/96
Position Rank - Fourth
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NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt women's basketball Head Coach Melanie Balcomb has announced the signing of Rebekah Dahlman to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Commodores. She joins Kylee Smith as the second member of the 2012 signing class.
Dahlman, a 5-9 guard, is a five-star recruit and ranked No. 16 nationally by ESPN's HoopGurlz. The Braham, Minn., native is also ranked as the fourth-best guard in the class by the service. As a junior, she became the Minnesota high school career scoring leader, reaching 3,895 points. She also holds state records for points in a season, career free throw attempts and career free throws made.
"Becca will come to Vanderbilt as one of the most decorated high school players we have ever had in a Commodore uniform," Balcomb said. "Everyone gets caught up in the numbers she puts up on the offensive end, but what impresses me most about Becca is her ability to change a game with her defense. She is a fearless defender whose motor never stops. She has the potential to be as good of a defender as (2009 National Defensive Player of the Year) Jen Risper, and Risper was the best defender I have ever coached."
Last season, she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota after averaging 35.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 5.1 assists per game. She helped Braham Area High School, under the direction of Coach Tim Malone, to a 29-2 record and a fourth straight trip to the state tournament. Dahlman has been instrumental in helping Braham become one of the most successful programs in Minnesota after leading the team to the 2011 Class 2-A state title and a runner-up finish in 2010.
During her career, she is a three-time First Team All-State selection by the Associated Press, as well as a three-time Minnesota Basketball News Class 2-A Player of the Year. Dahlman has starred on the elite travel circuit the last few summers with the well-respected Minnesota North Tartan program, helping them to a final four finish at Nike Nationals this past July.
Dahlman comes from a basketball family with deep roots. Her grandfather, John Kundla, is an inductee in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for his work as coach of the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers and the University of Minnesota men's basketball team.
She has five siblings and the four oldest have all played collegiate basketball. Two of her brothers also made an impact in the Minnesota prep record books before going on to play Division I basketball. Noah set the state's high school season rebounding record before playing for Wofford form 2007-11, scoring 2,013 points to become the school's career scoring leader. Isaiah, who set the Minnesota high school scoring record and won Mr. Basketball, played at Michigan State from 2006-10, joining the Spartans in the Final Four each of his last two seasons.