Chase Coley was at the Iowa women’s basketball camp last week and sent her dad an e-mail, saying she thought Iowa was going to offer her a scholarship.
The next day, she called her dad to confirm … Iowa had offered!
“She’s known for a while she wanted to go there. She was an excited 17-year-old,” said Tylor Coley, her father and high school coach. “Once she got to Iowa, she was not looking anywhere else.”
The 6-foot-3 senior-to-be didn’t take long to accept once she talked to her father.
How Coley will fit in at Iowa is still being figured out. The former guard has grown as tall as a post, but still has the ball skills of a shorter player.
Her father used her as a point guard at times at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.
Coley averaged 20.0 points, 17.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 4.9 steals and 8.8 blocked shots per game last season.
“She always played guard throughout youth basketball,” Tylor Coley said. “She is used to playing facing the basket. Coach (Lisa) Bluder may transition her to the four or five. Chase is fine with that.”
However, her father doesn’t see her bulking up to become a big, wide post.
“She can pick up a few additional pounds, but her genetics will not allow her to get bulky,” Tylor said. “Her mom and I were not big people in college. She’s not going to be a big, bulky kid.
“But she is a late bloomer. The doctor says there is still another growth spurt to go. I put on two more inches in college.”
Tylor was a basketball player at Chase College in Indiana. Kelli Jo Behrens-Coley, Chase’s mother — who passed away suddenly on Nov. 3, 2010, at the age of 46 — was a Minnesota Gopher basketball player in the early 1980s.
Chase was looking at Minnesota, Creighton, Loyola, and St. Joseph’s … but was waiting for Iowa.
Coley is the fourth member of Iowa’s 2014 class, joining 5-5 point guard Whitney Jennings of Logansport, Ind.; 5-11 wing Christina Buttenham of Hamilton, Ontario; and 6-1 forward Carly Mohns from Brodhead, Wis.
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