Danielle Rauch signs letter of intent to play basketball at Michigan

Danielle Rauch, flanked by her parents Len and JoAnne, signs her letter of intent to play at Michigan

Danielle Rauch will be in the Big Ten next year.

The Bishop Ludden star had several major suitors at the Division-I level, ultimately choosing Michigan over Wisconsin.

It's easy to see why Rauch is playing at such a high level after just a few minutes of watching her in action. She has a passion that's unmatched paired with a rare talent.

“Having Michigan show up in April it was like I felt like it was the perfect timing for everything. So obviously it’s going to be pretty intense and pretty competitive but I’m definitely excited for the challenge thats ahead" Rauch said on Wednesday.

She has a unique connection that made her commitment to the Wolverines even more special.

Rauch's father Len, played for John Beilein when he was the head coach at Le Moyne College. Beilein is now the head coach at Michigan, offering a bit of familiarity to her family.

"It’s so cool, I mean we called, my dad and I were in the car on the way home after my second visit and we called Coach (Kim) Arico and we told her and then we called coach Beilein and then he started crying on the phone. He said how it’s so full circle for him and everything’s coming back around and that kind of touched me because having him who I didn’t really know very well just from Michigan and coaching my dad then finally meeting and already having an established relationship with him is pretty incredible. He’s a really great guy and it’s nice to have someone there that I know already” Rauch recounts of her commitment.

Danielle says she has some goals ahead for her final year at Bishop Ludden, including playoff glory for the Gaelic Knights and getting to the lofty milestone of 2,000 career points.

With Danielle's drive, neither is out of play.

“I’ve been nervous all day I’m not going to lie but verbally committing I mean it seems pretty official obviously but things can change but actually putting pen to paper I mean there’s no other school id want to sign with so I’m really glad I was able to do this."

Rauch will arrive in Ann Arbor before the fall semester in 2018.

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