A detailed look at Iowa women's recruiting for 2018, 2019, 2020
IOWA CITY, Ia. — While the Iowa women's basketball team ends its second week of summer workouts, let's take a look at the future. Specifically, a look at the team's recruiting over the next three years.
Who are the Hawkeyes offering? What are their chances to land their top targets? What are their needs?
Class of 2018
Iowa will likely have four open scholarships for 2018-19: two from Chase Coley and Christina Buttenham graduating, and the two left over from this upcoming season.
They've already filled two with 6-foot Evansville guard Kate Martin and 6-foot-3 forward Monika Czinano of Watertown, Minn.
Another name to monitor?
Aaliyah Patty, F, 6-3, Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN gives Patty three stars and pegs her the 13th-best post for 2018. All Star Girls Report ranks her 83rd in the class.
Has Iowa offered? Yes. According to the Chicago Tribune, Patty has offers from at least 10 schools, including Missouri.
Scouting report: From Patty's ESPN recruit profile: "Superior length, mobility and emerging interior game; shot blocker with finesse-5 game in the paint; finishes with either hand in the block; developing as one the stock-risers in the class of 2018."
Bottom line: Head coach Lisa Bluder likes having two bigs on the floor. Coley's gone after this season, and Megan Gustafson, Hannah Stewart and Carly Mohns are gone in two seasons. Only Czinano, incoming freshman post Paula Valiño Ramos and Amanda Ollinger (more of a stretch power forward) are on the books beyond 2019.
Class of 2019
Assuming Iowa fills all four scholarships for 2017-18, it will have four open scholarships for 2018-19, with Tania Davis, Gustafson, Stewart and Mohns graduating. It's filled one so far with Mason City 5-foot-7 guard Megan Meyer (Makenzie Meyer's little sister).
Some candidates for the other three spots:
McKenna Warnock, G/F, 6-0, Monona Grove (Marshall, Wis.)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN gives Warnock three stars and ranks her the eighth-best wing prospect for 2019. Prospects Nation gives her four stars and ranks her 65th overall in her class.
Has Iowa offered? Yes, she told HawkCentral. Iowa State and at least 10 other schools have offered, too.
Scouting report:From Warnock's ESPN recruit profile: "Tough, competitive perimeter prospect with deceptive quickness handles, drives, finishes plays vs. contact; mid-range game off the dribble complemented by stationary game at the arc; secondary ball handler vs. pressure; versatile."
Bottom line: Warnock might turn out to be the best 2019 wing prospect in the Midwest. Iowa just landed a star at that position in Jinaya Houston. But there's no such thing as too much good stuff.
Zoe Young, G, 5-9, West Des Moines Valley
Recruiting rankings: Prospects Nation gives her five stars and says she's the No. 6 recruit in the class. ESPN gives Young three stars and rates her the seventh-best guard for 2019.
Scouting report: From Young's ESPN recruit profile: "Athletic combo-guard with college-ready frame brings consistent range at the arc; triple-threat attack breaks down defenses, delivers results in traffic; continues to emerge as an elite guard in the class of 2019."
Bottom line: When a top-10 talent lives 100 miles west in the same state, she's a priority.
Zoe Zacker, G, 5-10, Montini Catholic
Recruiting rankings: All Star Girls Report ranks Zacker 89th in the class of 2019.
Has Iowa offered? Yes. According to the Chicago Tribune, so have Ohio State and Wisconsin.
Scouting report: Two torn ACLs (on the same knee) prevented any real consistency in Zacker's first two seasons with Montini. She was averaging 9.7 points (44 percent, 39 percent from 3), 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.3 steals before tearing her ACL last season.
Bottom line: Iowa loses Davis for this season, and it loses Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer after the following season. It'll need guards.
Cydni Dodd, F, 6-5, Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Recruiting rankings: Not currently listed on ESPN or Prospects Nation.
Scouting report: Stats from nine Warren Central games were uploaded to MaxPreps this season, and Dodd averaged 12 points and 6.9 rebounds in those contests. She's a load in the paint — obviously, she's 6-5 — whose stock will only rise as she gets more agile.
Bottom line: With Gustafson, Stewart and Mohns graduating before this season, Dodd certainly fits a need.
Kaylah Rainey, G, 5-7, Belleville East (Belleville, Ill.)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN gives Rainey three stars and ranks her eighth among 2019 point guards.
Scouting report: Rainey scored almost 16 points per game on north of 50 percent shooting for Belleville East this year. From Rainey's ESPN recruit profile: "Explosively athletic lead-guard attacks, pushes tempo under control in transition game; tough to contain off the dribble, penetrates, distributes; 1 on 1 creator, mid-range game creator."
Bottom line: Rainey's recruiting star looks like it's about to burn even brighter. Iowa will have some serious competition to land this up-and-comer.
Breanna Beal, G/F, 6-0, Rock Island (Rock Island, Ill.)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN gives Beal five stars and rates her the No. 4 prospect for 2019. Prospects Nation also gives her five stars and ranks her the No. 8 2019 prospect.
Has Iowa offered? Yes. As of last June, at least 25 other schools had also offered.
Scouting report: Beal, a potential WNBA wing, was named Ms. Illinois Basketball this season. From her ESPN recruit profile: "Pro-body perimeter prospect manufactures, elevates on jumper to the arc; smooth, physical off the dribble, drives and delivers vs. contact; an elite small forward in the class of 2019."
Bottom line: The entire country is after Beal. Iowa's possible advantage? It was her first offer, coming in sixth grade.
Sommer Pitzer, G, 5-6, Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN gives Pitzer three stars and pegs her as the eighth-best point guard prospect for 2019.
Has Iowa offered? No. But she told HawkCentral the Hawkeyes have expressed interest.
Scouting report:From Pitzer's ESPN recruit profile: "Smooth lead guard handles and penetrates, distributes; shifty floor game, interior passer with emerging offensive game."
Bottom line: Pitzer plays a lot like Tania Davis, which we know the Hawkeyes like. They might be waiting to see how some recruiting chips fall before extending an offer.
Class of 2020
If Iowa fills all its scholarships the next two seasons, it will have three open for 2019-20, with Meyer, Doyle and Ollinger graduating.
Here are a couple early candidates for those spots:
Sydney Parrish, G, 6-0, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
Recruiting rankings: Blue Star rates Parrish the No. 2 prospect for 2020. It's too early for ESPN rankings, but Parrish is listed among their 2020 prospects to watch.
Has Iowa offered? Yes. So has Maryland, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana and Purdue.
Scouting report:From Parrish's ESPN recruit profile: "Agile off-guard with a scorer's mentality; creates, elevates and delivers to the arc; executes in half-court scheme; brings size to the back court; an elite guard in the 2020 class."
Bottom line: Parrish is a UConn-level prospect. It's only a matter of time before Geno Auriemma comes calling. This would be a monumental land for Bluder.
Caitlin Clark, G, 5-11, West Des Moines Dowling Catholic
Recruiting rankings: Blue Star rates Parrish the No. 7 prospect for 2020. It's too early for ESPN rankings, but Clark is listed among their 2020 prospects to watch.
Has Iowa offered? Yes. According to ESPN, so has Iowa State, Texas and Michigan State.
Scouting report:From Clark's ESPN recruit profile: "Skilled back court performer, fundamental floor-leader with offensive firepower; manufactures, delivers in mid-range game; drives, draws contact and delivers; executes in half-court game; an elite guard in the class of 2020."
Bottom line: Clark, who averaged 8.8 points per game for Team USA's U16 squad at the FIBA Americas Championship, is another elite prospect that Final Four regulars could pursue soon. You'll probably see assistant coaches Jan Jensen and Jenni Fitzgerald at a good chunk of Dowling games this year.
Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBain_.