Neenah girls basketball standout Allie Ziebell commits to UConn

Neenah basketball standout Allie Ziebell (1) verbally committed Saturday to play in college at the University of Connecticut. Ziebell led the state in scoring last season at 30.2 points per game.
Neenah basketball standout Allie Ziebell (1) verbally committed Saturday to play in college at the University of Connecticut. Ziebell led the state in scoring last season at 30.2 points per game.

Neenah standout girls basketball player Allie Ziebell has verbally committed to play at the University of Connecticut.

The 6-foot junior guard, who led the state in scoring last season, announced her decision on a Twitter post early Saturday afternoon. She was a second-team Associated Press all-state selection and a unanimous first-team all-Fox Valley Association pick last season. She averaged 30.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.9 assists.

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She chose UConn over a slew of other Division I offers that included UW-Green Bay, Illinois State, Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, Minnesota, Montana State, Oklahoma, St. Thomas (Minn.), Texas Tech, Toledo, Wisconsin and Xavier.

Neenah is 5-0 this season with Ziebell leading the team in scoring (20.5), rebounding (9.0) and assists (6.8).

"Allie is a special player and a special person," Neenah girls basketball coach Andy Braunel said Saturday. "Amazingly hard worker with one of the best work ethics I’ve ever been around. She is unselfish and always looks to get her teammates involved. Love the evolution of her game. She's always been a scorer, but her defense has made some major strides. She went from a kid that we had to be careful with her defensive matchup to a player that we now usually put on the other team's best player.

"The points make the headlines, but it only speaks to part of her game. She’s dishing out almost seven assists per game and grabs nine rebounds a game. She is the most complete player I’ve ever witnessed at the high school level."

UConn is the No. 3-ranked team in the country and is 6-0 this season. The Huskies have one of the top programs in the nation and have won an NCAA record 11 national championships, the most recent in 2016 which completed a four-peat (2013-2016). They also had a three-peat title run from 2002 to 2004 and back-to-back titles in 2009-10 along with a title in 1995 and 2000. They were also national runners-up in 2022.

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