Gophers star Banham meets basketball idol Kobe Bryant

Former Gophers women's basketball guard Rachel Banham met Kobe Bryant on Wednesday.

Courtesy Rachel Banham via Twitt

Former Gophers women’s basketball star Rachel Banham met her basketball idol Kobe Bryant on Wednesday, after a season in which the Lakers star tweeted several congratulatory messages at her.

Bryant first tweeted at Banham after she scored 60 points in a Gophers win over Northwestern. He followed it up with another tweet after she hit a game-winning 3-pointer a week later.

Banham was a first-team All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2015-16. A Lakeville, Minn., native, Banham finished her five-year career at Minnesota with the sixth-most points in NCAA history with 3,093.

Banham is projected to be a first-round pick in the WNBA Draft on April 14.