Bluder lands guard Sevilian for 2016 class

Ryan Murken

Alexis Sevillian has been following her older sister for years.

So when it came time to make a decision on where to continue her college basketball career it seemed natural to Sevillian to follow her sister to the Big Ten.

Sevillian did just that when she verbally committed to Iowa, joining her older sister Keke, a sophomore at Penn State in the Big Ten.

"When my sister made her decision to play at Penn State and then being at her games and the Big Ten tournament it was my dream to be recruited by and go to a Big Ten school," Sevillian said.

A junior at Goodrich High School in Goodrich, Mich. Sevillian has been interested in Iowa since attending an elite summer camp in Iowa City where she fell in love with the campus as a high school freshman.

Sevillian remained on the Hawkeyes' radar before unofficially visiting earlier this month where she was able to interact with current players.

The connection with the players and coaches at Iowa made her decision an easy one.

"The connection that I had with the coaches and the players at Iowa was a connection that I haven't had with any other schools that I've been talking to or been recruited by," Sevillian said. "I just felt very comfortable."

Sevillian, who's father Clarence played football at Vanderbilt, averaged 12.6 points, 2.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game last year as a sophomore.

The 5-foot-6 guard shot 76 percent from the free throw line a year ago while helping her team to a 22-3 record and spot in the regional final.

"I'm a really good shooter," Sevillian said. "I attack the basketball very well and I'm strong, I'm not afraid of contact."

Sevillian is the Hawkeyes' second known verbal commitment for the 2016 class joining Makenzie Meyer a 5-foot-10 guard from Mason City.

Iowa is coming off a season in which it tied for the second most wins in program history, going 27-9 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Hawkeyes have reached the NCAA tournament a Big Ten-best seven consecutive times.

"They've had great success," Sevillian said. "I feel that we can accomplishment a lot in the years that I'm there."

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