Ally Disterhoft’s move to college was a short one.
The Iowa City West High graduate didn’t have far to travel when she loaded up her belongings for her freshman year at Iowa.
Disterhoft is hoping that her transition on the basketball court will go as quickly and seamlessly as her move across town.
“It is a big transition,” Disterhoft said of the switch from high school to college basketball. “Obviously, college basketball is a lot different than high school basketball, everybody is quicker, faster, stronger, but it’s been going well.”
Disterhoft committed to coach Lisa Bluder and the Hawkeyes early, bringing with her an impressive resume.
She was selected as a Parade All-American and was named Iowa’s Miss Basketball following her senior season at West.
Disterhoft came to Iowa as a top-100 national recruit by ESPN after averaging more than 26 points per game as a senior.
At Iowa’s annual media day Thursday, Bluder said she has been impressed with Disterhoft’s ability to make the transition from high school to college.
“Ally is doing a really good job. She is making that adjustment as well as any freshman that has come along here,” Bluder said. “She has been such a part of our program already because she committed early and she has been in the front row at so many of our games that it’s going to help her adjustment, I think.”
The transition of Disterhoft could be a key factor for Iowa this season as the Hawkeyes seek their seventh consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
Iowa returns four players — senior Theairra Taylor and juniors Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon — that each averaged at least 23 minutes per game last season.
No other Hawkeye on the roster played more than seven minutes per game last year, opening the door for Disterhoft and fellow freshman Alexa Kastanek, another top-100 recruit out of Lincoln, Neb., to see playing time early on.
“We have 10 scholarship players on our team right now, so you have to use every single one of them,” Bluder said. “Those freshmen will be asked to contribute immediately, but isn’t what every freshman wants to do anyway? No freshman wants to come and sit around and learn the system. They want to play, and those two are going to kind of learn and it’s going to be baptism by fire.”
A guard during much of her prep career at West, the 6-foot Disterhoft could be used in a variety of roles this season.
She is expected to see time on the perimeter, but Bluder mentioned Thursday that she also could spend time playing inside, as Iowa attempts to make up for the loss of departed seniors Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson, who combined to average more than 11 rebounds per game.
“I really just want to contribute however I can,” Disterhoft said. “When my name is called and when I am chosen to step out on that court, I am just going to play hard. I’ll shoot, rebound and do whatever I can and when I’m on the bench I’m going to cheer on my teammates.”
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