Dahlman Bolsters Blue Demon Recruiting Class
April 11, 2017
CHICAGO - In advance of National Letter of Intent signing day (Wednesday), DePaul added a significant upgrade to its women's basketball program on Tuesday with the transfer of fifth-year Vanderbilt standout Rebekah Dahlman.
Dahlman is a McDonald's All-American who is coming off an injury plagued season in 2016-17 in which she sustained a hamstring injury, a sprained ankle and a concussion.
The 2015 SEC All-Freshman Team selection was averaging 14.5 points per game this season before being sidelined with the hamstring injury in the Commodores' seventh game. That fast start included a career-high 25 points, six rebounds and five assists against Drexel.
The 5-foot, 9-inch guard opened the season with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists against Kennesaw State which saw her tie a career high with six 3-pointers. She finished the season averaging six points while shooting nearly 45 percent from three-point range and converting 90 percent of her free throws (45-of-50).
Her redshirt sophomore year was highlighted by a season-high 18 points in leading Vanderbilt to a road upset of No. 12/12 Kentucky. She led the team in free throw percentage (87.3) and was second in three-pointers.
Dahlman led the team in scoring, three-pointers and free throws during her redshirt freshman year while starting 29 games. She was also second in steals and third in rebounding on her way to the SEC accolade.
It was an impressive collegiate debut as Dahlman led the SEC in in three-point percentage and was 10th in the nation after starting nine games. She scored 23 points in the season opener against Appalachian State---the most for any freshman debut in Vanderbilt history. But a blood clot in her arm requiring multiple procedures sidelined her for the final 22 games.
In high school, Dahlman became the first player in Minnesota history to score 5,000 career points and was the 2013 Minnesota Miss Basketball and a two-time Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year. She led Braham Area to the state title as a sophomore and to the title game as a senior.
She was honored as the Associated Press Minnesota Player of the Year after averaging 35.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists her senior year. ESPN HoopGurlz ranked Dahlman the No. 16 player overall in the 2013 national recruiting class, and the five-star recruit was rated the No. 4 guard in the country. She was selected to the USA Basketball U-19 team trials.
Dahlman comes from a family with a rich basketball heritage. Her grandfather John Kundla, who celebrated his 100th birthday last July, was the first coach of the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers which featured all-time DePaul great George Mikan.
After leading the Lakers to five NBA titles in six years and following up with a successful 10-year college coaching stint at Minnesota, Kundla was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 with legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer giving the enshrinement speech.
Dahlman's older brother Isaiah set a Minnesota prep scoring record before going on to play at Michigan State. Another older brother, Noah, set the Minnesota high school rebounding record before becoming the Southern Conference Player of the Year at Wofford. He is currently playing professionally in Macedonia.
Dahlman, who will pursue an MBA in marketing, is expected to fit into a Blue Demon program that emphasizes passing, three-point shooting and an up-tempo pace.
She joins four recruits who were signed last November including Gatorade Ohio Girls Basketball Player of the Year Dee Bekelja, a Solon High School guard. The incoming class also features Andover guard and Miss Minnesota Basketball finalist Jolene Danninger, Indiana All-State guard-forward Rachel McLimore of Zionsville and special mention All-State guard Vinisha Sherrod from Bradley-Bourbonnais.
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