IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa added an elite piece to its women’s basketball recruiting puzzle Tuesday, keeping a prospect that is ranked among the top-five players nationally in the 2020 senior class home.
Caitlin Clark, a 5-foot-11 point guard from West Des Moines Dowling High School, announced on Twitter that she selected the Hawkeyes over a final-three list of possibilities that included Iowa State and Notre Dame.
“Let’s go Hawks. #Committed,’’ Clark wrote in announcing that she will join three other high school seniors in signing with Iowa during the NCAA’s early-signing period which begins today.
Clark is the highest-ranked recruit to announce intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes in the 20 seasons Lisa Bluder has coached the program.
ESPNW HoopGurlz ranks her as the fourth-best prospect in the 2020 senior class and the second-best point guard available in the current recruiting cycle.
She is described in her ESPN profile as a “consummate playmaker who executes the half-court game with precision’’ and an “unselfish decision maker who makes passes with a purpose.’’
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Clark can also shoot the ball.
A first-team Class 5A all-state selection the past two years as a sophomore and a junior, Clark led Iowa prep players with a scoring average of 32.5 points per game last season.
She also averaged seven rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game last season for a Dowling team which finished 17-8 and reached the semifinals of the Iowa Class 5A state tournament.
A member of the USA Basketball U16 national team in 2017 and the 2019 Iowa Gatorade player of the year, Clark entertained dozens of scholarship offers.
She pared a list of possibilities that included Duke, Florida, Oregon, Oregon State and Texas to the Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Fighting Irish in early August.
At Iowa, she joins a program which is currently starting a senior, preseason all-Big Ten selection Kathleen Doyle, at the point.
Clark is part of a 2020 Iowa recruiting class that has commitments from 5-11 forward Shateah Wetering of Montezuma, Iowa, 6-3 post player Sharon Goodman of Crestwood High School in Cresco, Iowa, and 5-10 guard Lauren Jensen of North High School in Lakeville, Minnesota.