After Kat Tudor took a trip around Ames, heard from coaches and was welcomed by current members of the Iowa State women’s basketball team, she has no doubts that she could make the move.
Tudor, a 6-foot guard from Woodbridge, Calif., is ranked as an ELITE 60 prospect in the 2016 class by ProspectsNation.com. She made the trip from the West Coast for an unofficial visit to Iowa State on Friday.
“I loved it,” Tudor told AllCyclones.com. “The coaching staff was awesome, and I met some of the players and they were really nice. The facilities are amazing, too.”
Tudor has drawn interest from Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, Iowa and a number of mid-major schools. Her dad’s side of the family is located in Iowa, giving her a connection to the state.
That, Tudor said, would make a move to the Midwest to play for the Cyclones one she could handle.
“It was good to visit and [it showed] that this could be my home,” Tudor said. “I could go far away, because as long as I have my team and my family, I would feel at home [in Ames].”
Tudor is being recruited by Iowa State as a small guard or small forward. More than anything else, she said, there is one thing that best fits Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly’s system.
“Shooting,” Tudor said. “Since eighth grade or high school I become a 2 or 3, so I’m getting my ball-handling down again. I’m getting more confident with it. I have ball-handling [skills], but I’m just not confident, my role is kind of shooting. So I’m trying to dribble more and be more confident with driving and stuff like that.”
The current plan for Tudor is to have home visits upon her return to California, one of which she expects to come from Iowa State in the coming weeks. There is no current timeline as to when she might make a decision, but Tudor said she enjoyed her visit and hearing from Fennelly.
“I love him,” Tudor said. “He’s a great guy and he’s a great coach.”