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Iowa Women’s Basketball Scores Big Recruiting Win

Five-star, fourth overall recruit in class of 2020 chooses Iowa over Notre Dame and Iowa State.

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Caitlin Clark putting in work for USA Basketball.
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Even though they’ve only played one game on the young season, Iowa has two wins this season. The biggest by far is when Dowling Catholic’s 5-11 point guard, Caitlin Clark, announced today that she would be attending the University of Iowa.

Clark is ranked as the fourth best player in the class of 2020 by ESPN and her offer list was the who’s who of women’s college basketball programs. Besides Notre Dame, she had offers from Oregon State, Texas, and the nation’s top ranked team, Oregon, to choose from.

By staying at home, Clark has a chance to become the focal point of the Hawkeye team as soon as next season with the graduation of senior Kathleen Doyle.

As is common in basketball, once a top recruit makes their choice, other top players often follow so it will be interesting to see if any new names from the 2020, 2021, or 2022 classes crop up as people who will want to play with Clark. Iowa’s current 2020 recruiting list includes Clark, three-star post player Sharon Goodman (Crestwood, IA), and three-star guard Laura Jensen (Lakeville North, MN).

As a junior at Dowling, Clark won the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year as she averaged 32.5 points per game while facing double and triple teams all season. In 2017, she played for the U.S. Nationals Under-16 team.