Iowa women’s basketball doesn’t chase recruits because they are in the Top 100.
But they are happy when their recruits show up in the Top 100.
Ally Disterhoft was ranked 69th and Alexa Kastanek was 100th in the latest ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100, released Thursday.
“A lot of people put a lot of stock in it,” Iowa assistant coach Jan Jensen said. “To me, personally, it’s nice. Almost a relief.”
Disterhoft picked Iowa this spring after leading the Women of Troy to the Class 4A title. She averaged 16.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a junior.
The 5-foot-11 guard has gained extra attention with her play this summer with the All-Iowa Attack.
It was a statement about her ability that Kastanek made the list, considering she hasn’t been on the court this summer after having a procedure done on her knee in June.
The 5-foot-10 wing averaged 16.3 points and 5.5. rebounds as a junior at Lincoln Southeast (Neb.). She hasn’t played this summer for the Cornhusker Shooting Stars.
Signing day is Nov. 14. Coaches can’t talk about recruits until they sign a letter of intent.
Jensen said they recruit like Iowa football, going for fit first.
“I feel confident in everything we’re doing,” Jensen said. “We’re trying to get kids that fit our system.”
Two years ago, Iowa landed Sam Logic, the No. 10 ranked recruit in the country, and the class was 12th overall.
For 2012, Iowa is bringing in five players, but it wasn’t a nationally recognized class.
“We don’t always have that within our recruiting base,” Jensen said.
Over the past several years, Iowa has landed four other Top 100 recruits — Jaime Printy, Theairra Taylor, Logic and Virginia Johnson.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2 forward, unfortunately had to leave the program this spring after her freshman season because of a history of concussions. Iowa also said goodbye to 6-foot post Jade Rogers.
When they were released in May, it was too late for the Hawkeyes to make major adjustments to their 2013 recruiting plans.
“By the time we knew we didn’t have Virginia, we couldn’t get involved in many kids,” Jensen said. “We focused on 2014.”
Jensen said Iowa is planning to monitor several JUCO players this winter and could add one in the spring of 2013.
“But because 2014 is so loaded, we’re not going to take average,” Jensen said.
One of those players Iowa is looking at in 2014 is Kastanek’s AAU teammate Chatrice White, a junior at Shelby-Rising City High School (Neb.). White is a 6-foot-3 post with offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa State and interest from Stanford and Notre Dame, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Iowa heads into the 2012-13 season with an eye on making the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season. The Hawkeyes were 19-12 last season.
“We’re in as good a place as we can hope for,” Jensen said. “We just have to stay healthy.”
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