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Posted On: 09/5/20 8:37 AM

No surprises. No upsets. No darkhorses. And (presumably) no arguments! If you’ve been paying attention over the past few weeks to what has transpired in Minnesota girls basketball then it will come as no surprise whatsoever that Hopkins junior-to-be Amaya BattleAmayaBattle5'10" | PGHopkins | 2022State#29NationMN of Metro Stars Starks is the Prep Girls Hoops 2022 AAU Most Valuable Player. We are pleased to honor Amaya and her fellow selections to the 2022 AAU All Star team.

The story of the Metro Stars' improbable three-week run has been chronicled ad infinitum here already. After sitting out most of the summer due to pandemic-related concerns, Tara Starks’ Hopkins-heavy Metro Stars landed on the scene in late July just in time to capture a state championship and a national title. The team may be loaded with talent but there’s no question that Battle is the leader. She proved it with multiple jaw-dropping performances over the three tournaments, including in the Meltdown/AAU National Championship final game when she knocked down a mid-range jumper to win it in the fourth overtime.

Playing in the shadow of the incomparable Paige BueckersPaigeBueckers5'11" | CGHopkins | 2020StateMN, Battle hasn’t drawn nearly as much notice regionally and nationally as her once-in-a-generation teammate nor

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