Iowa's recruiting quartet part of a top-20 class

Ryan Murken
Iowa City Press-Citizen

IOWA CITY, Ia. -- Iowa will open the season on Friday ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

On Wednesday, Lisa Bluder took a big step toward making sure the Hawkeyes remain there for years to come.

Bluder inked a top-20 national recruiting class on Wednesday as verbal commitments Tania Davis, Hannah Stewart, Tagyn Larson and Megan Gustafson all signed national letters of intent on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

Iowa's four-player class features three players ranked in the top 100 and is currently No. 18 in the ESPNW HoopGurlz class rankings.

"Anytime you get a top-25 recruiting class, I think that speaks volumes," Bluder said. "When you are signing four kids, that is consistency across four kids."

The 2015 class is a pivotal haul for the Hawkeyes, who will lose four seniors to graduation this spring.

The list of departing players includes preseason all-America point guard Samantha Logic and all-Big center Bethany Doolittle.

Logic's future replacement may be the top-ranked player in the 2015 class.

Tania Davis, a 5-foot-4 point guard from Grand Blanc, Mich., is the No. 37 player in the nation by HoopGurlz and the nation's 12th-best guard.

"I thought we needed to get another point guard with Sam (Logic) graduating and obviously (freshman) Whitney (Jennings) is getting great repetitions this year, but we definitely need to have two point guards," Bluder said. "We are going to have great point guards in a system next year, just like we do this year."

The Hawkeyes also added reinforcements inside with the addition of a pair of top-100 post players.

Gustafson, a 6-foot-3 center from Port Wing, Wis., is the No. 92 prospect in the country. Stewart, a Minot, N.D., product, is ranked No. 95 by HoopGurlz.

Larson, a 6-foot-2 wing from Sioux Falls, S.D., is already the career shot block leader at her high school and is a three-time all-state selection.

She was the first player to pledge to the Hawkeyes' 2015 class.

"It's a really good recruiting class," Bluder said. "I'm not sure how I would rank it with others that we have had here. I'm not very good at comparing all those things, because I have a really bad memory. But I feel very, very good about this group."