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Dasia Potter signs to play hoops for Minnesota West

Worthington High School senior Dasia Potter will continue her basketball career next year at Minnesota West

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WORTHINGTON -- Dasia Potter likes basketball. A lot. And she’s dedicated to improving herself on the court.

That story has filtered down to Minnesota West Community and Technical College head women’s basketball coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka, and that’s why she’s looking forward to seeing Potter play for her next season.

“All I ever hear is Dasia is in the gym, in the gym, in the gym, working on her game,” Hayenga-Hostikka said Thursday afternoon as the Worthington High School senior signed to continue her career with the Lady Jays.

Worthington Trojans Dasia Potter signs a letter of intent to play basketball for Minnesota West with her family, (front row left)father Mike, Dasia and mother Suzie Potter (back from left) brother Marcus and sister and nephew Lakeyta and Jacari Swinea.
Worthington Trojans Dasia Potter signs a letter of intent to play basketball for Minnesota West with her family, (front row left) father Mike, Dasia and mother Suzie Potter (back from left) brother Marcus and sister and nephew Lakeyta and Jacari Swinea.
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Potter is, first and foremost, a shooter. She can hit the long one, and often will for the Trojans.

“I feel like I can help Minnesota West, because usually my shooting percentage is really good once I get hot,” Potter said Thursday.

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Although she had other opportunities to play college basketball, Potter said Minnesota West felt right to her. It’s close to home, and she hopes it will get her prepared to play at a bigger school when she’s ready to move on from there.

Hayenga-Hostikka, said Potter, told her “my skill set is there. I just need to be more confident with the ball and more confident with myself.”

Though Dasia has played basketball since she was a fourth-grader, she admitted at her signing ceremony that she has sometimes been tentative for fear of making mistakes.

“When I was young, I didn’t really play as much. So when I did play I would get the ball and hesitate. And I think I’m still working on that,” she said.

Her older brother Marcus, who starred for the WHS boys basketball team a few years ago, has been a positive influence on her basketball education.

“I just grew up watching him and I wanted to be like him. He’s a big role model for me,” she said.

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