AMANA — Lisa Bluder hasn’t brought in a lot of walk-ons during her time with the Hawkeyes.
But she’s making an exception for Davenport Assumption senior Hailey Schneden, a 6-foot-2 forward.
“She comes from a good program,” Bluder said Tuesday night at the Iowa County I-Club event. “It’s not something we do a lot of, but we don’t have a lot of numbers on our team next year and it’ll be nice to have her.”
The Hawkeyes return 10 players from a 21-13 season. They also bring in just two scholarship freshmen — 6-foot guard Ally Disterhoft and 5-10 guard Alexa Kastanek.
At 6-2, Schneden also will add some size. She averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and had 76 blocked shots in 27 games for the state-champion Knights.
“Blake is her brother and our manager for two years,” Bluder said. “She came in last week; we did a try out. She accepted a try-out position.”
Bluder is excited about the new NCAA rule that allows coaches to work with their teams during the summer.
She said it will help get Disterhoft and Kastanek up to speed.
“I really think it’s going to be advantageous to the freshmen,” Bluder said. “They can now learn our offense, the basics of our defense, and actually implement it during the summer instead of waiting until next fall to learn it.”
Bluder said it won’t hurt for rest of the roster to get a refresher in June and July, too.
“It’ll be fun to just keep interacting with the team all throughout the summer,” Bluder said. “You don’t have that time where you don’t know what they’re doing.”
Bluder also said that everyone was cleared to play in the Game Time League this summer except sophomore guard Kathryn Reynolds, who sat out this past season recovering from an ACL surgery.
“She’s just been cleared to begin running in June, so she’s behind a little bit there,” Bluder said.
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