The Class of 2020: Breaking Down Iowa's Women's Basketball Recruits
When one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits committed to Iowa earlier this week, coach Lisa Bluder had secured one of the top classes in the nation.
The signing of guard Caitlin Clark on Thursday moved the Hawkeyes' class to No. 15 on espnW's HoopGurlz's rankings.
Clark joined forward/center Sharon Goodman, guard Lauren Jensen and forward Shateah Wetering in the class.
"We are thrilled with our recruiting class," Bluder said in a statement. "We addressed all the perimeter needs that will need to be filled due to graduation. In addition, we strengthened our inside game. I truly see a bright future for this class and see them making an immediate contribution."
A look at the Hawkeyes' class:
Caitlin Clark (G, 6-0, West Des Moines Dowling)
Clark, who committed to the Hawkeyes on Tuesday, was ranked No. 4 overall in the 2020 class by ESPN.
Clark is a three-time All-State selection in Iowa and a two-time All-American.
Clark can do everything. She averaged 32.5 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior, 27.1 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore.
"Caitlin is a premier guard that has an incredible offensive skill set," Bluder said. "She has the ability to score at will, while also being an uncanny passer in feeding her teammates the ball. She is an exciting playmaker in all realms."
Sharon Goodman (F/C, 6-2, Crestwood [Iowa] HS)
Another in-state commitment for Bluder, Goodman averaged 23.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 4.2 blocks last season. She averaged 19.9 points and 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore.
Goodman is a two-time first-team all-state selection.
"Sharon is a post player that embraces the contact on the block," Bluder said. "She is a tremendously hard worker and her work ethic is evident with every trip she makes up and down the court."
Lauren Jensen (G, 5-10, Lakeville North [Minn.] HS)
Another versatile guard for the Hawkeyes, Jensen averaged 28 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior last season. She averaged 18 points as a sophomore.
"Lauren is a terrific scoring guard and a tremendous, positive leader," Bluder said. "She plays the game with a joy that is infectious. Her ability to score in a variety of ways makes her fun to watch."
Shateah Wetering (F, 6-0, Montezuma [Iowa] HS)
Wetering already holds her high school's career record for points and field goals, and she has one season left.
Wetering has scored 977 points in her career. She averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds last season for a team that reached the semifinals in the state tournament.
"Shateah is a forward that can run the floor and rebound with the best of them," Bluder said. "She is a versatile player that can post or face the basket and provides a tough match-up."