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Bluder praises recruiting class, especially Logic

[ 1 ] November 11, 2010 |

The question — What will Iowa do next season without Kachine Alexander? – got answered on signing day.

“I think that Sam Logic comes pretty darn close,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “She is amazing athlete. Sam Logic could fill that role for us.”

Logic, ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz.cm as the 10th-best recruit in the nation, headlines the Iowa women’s basketball 2011 recruiting class.

Five players signed their national letters of intent Wednesday. In addition to Logic, Iowa welcomed Virginia Johnson, Kathryn Reynolds, Melissa Dixon and Bethany Doolittle

Overall, HoopGurlz.com ranks Iowa’s recruiting class 10th nationally. That’s a big jump in the rankings for Bluder and her staff. The 2009 class ranked 35th and Iowa signed just one player last year.

“We’ve had players that weren’t highly regarded that became great players, and we’ve had high-ranked player that didn’t pan out,” Bluder said. “What we have is five really good players. And amazing people, too.”

Logic is a 5-foot-11 guard out of Racine, Wis. Iowa was interested in her early, and this past summer she blew up on the AAU circuit drawing interest and offers from Stanford, and other top programs.

Bluder thinks Logic will make an immediate impact next fall after Alexander graduates this spring.

“She’s not quite as athletic as Kachine was coming out of high school, but Sam does more things Kachine didn’t coming out of high school,” Bluder said.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1 forward from City High is the other Top 100 recruit for the Hawkeyes, ranked 62nd by HoopGurlz.com.

A tall lanky wing that can run the floor Bluder sees a high ceiling for Johnson.

“Virginia is an amazing athlete and her upside is enormous,” Bluder said. “I think she has so much potential.”

Along with 6-foot-2 forward Doolittle out of Oakdale, Minn., the Hawkeyes got some of the size they needed with this class.

“She’s not the strongest player,” Bluder said of Doolittle. “She’s like Morgan (Johnson) coming out of high school. And I think Bethany will have the same growth when she gets here.”

Bluder was a little disappointed not to get a true back-to-the-basket type of center in this class. Iowa had hoped to sign Linn-Mar senior Kiah Stokes, but she chose Connecticut last week.

“It hurt to lose a game; it hurts to lose a recruit,” Bluder said. “I’ve known Kiah since eighth grade, and anytime you put that much into a recruit, it hurts.

“At the same time, I really can’t blame her for choosing UConn. It guarantees her a national championship ring.”

Not landing Stokes allowed Iowa to offer that scholarship to Dixon, who had verbally committed with the intention of taking a gray shirt season.

Dixon is a 5-8 shooting guard from Johnsburg, Ill., and is a nice fit for the Hawkeyes.

“Melissa has NBA range,” Bluder said. “A quick release. I saw her and thought, ‘Oh my goodness, she would play so well in our system.’”

Rounding out the class is Reynolds, a 5-4 guard from Cincinnati. A bit of an unknown because she didn’t play this summer recovering from an ACL injury, Bluder said she’d be back on the court this winter.

“She will wear a brace, but she hopes to get that off by next year,” Bluder said. “She’s a very smart point guard from a winning program.”

Bluder said Iowa still has a scholarship and could sign one more player in the spring but only if the right player became available.

She also looked forward to going back out recruiting after signing a Top 10 player like Logic.

“Sam Logic has opened the door for us,” Bluder said.

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