Central Michigan has landed a major Northeast Indiana commitment for the second straight class. Angola junior Hanna Knoll announced on Sunday night via Twitter that she will be a Chippewa in college after one more season at Angola.
“I’ve known for awhile that they have a stellar women’s basketball program. Their style of play and development fits perfectly to explain why they have been having so much success throughout the years,” Knoll said of Central Michigan. “Just having such an awesome program that is doing great things consistently is definitely a big reason they are getting the top kids from this area each year.”
The Class of 2021 commitment for Central Michigan comes in addition to Homestead’s Sydney Graber being part of their 2020 class of commits. Graber and Knoll could then play three seasons together at Central Michigan.
Central Michigan was also recently home of Aleah Swary, the Northrop High School alum that graduated from Central Michigan in 2018.
It would be easy to stay the timing of Knoll’s commitment was strange, coming on a Sunday night in April; but we’ve been living in strange times. So for Knoll, why not?
“It was just more of a feeling. I didn’t have a time planned out, especially with all of the uncertainty with everything going on. I had just finished with some calls between a few of my top schools and I got the feeling that CMU was home for me,” Knoll said. “I had been having the feeling for a while that it might be the place for me, but just having that last conversation reassured me that this was the right choice.”
Knoll was named an Indiana Junior All-Star after leading Angola to a perfect mark in the NECC this past season. The Hornets were NECC and NECC Tournament champions while Knoll put up a team and conference best 16.9 points per game. She added 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game to her totals and was a member of the Outside the Huddle All-Area team for the second straight season.
“She’s a phenomenal player with an incredible motor. As she continues to get stronger and more consistent with her speed an athleticism and shooting at the next level she is going to be a very tough player,” said Angola coach Brandon Appleton of Knoll’s potential on the next level.
Knoll hopes she can be a leader at Central Michigan as she has been and will be for Angola into the 2020-2021 season with the Hornets.
“At the next level, I want to continue to get better in every category of my game. I want to continue to be a leader for my team and always push to become a better player and person. I know CMU will help me to develop in both of those ways too,” Knoll said.