CLASS OF 2005
Wendy Ausdemore, 6-0, F, Tri-Center - The Iowa coaching staff made this Hawkeye State native a priority in this class. Ausdemore is a natural leader in the mold of former Iowa star Jennie Lillis, and the Tri-Center senior makes the game appear easy. She likely will see significant minutes at the 2 and 3 positions in her first season on campus. Excellent athlete who has tossed the discus 132-4 and also ran the 400 meters. She averaged 18.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.0 steals as a junior.
Kristi Smith, 5-6, PG, Horizon High, Thornton, Co - Smith chose Iowa ahead of Denver and Oregon State. Her lack of height scared off some of the big name schools, but the Hawkeye staff loves what its sees in the feisty floor general. She runs the floor, hits the open shot and has the look of the classic PG. Expect her to come in and challenge for the starting spot next season. She was a second-team all-state pick after averaging 18.1 points as a junior. Think a combination of Kristi Faulkner and Stacy Freese.
Other offers - Iowa State, Denver, Oregon State.
Nicole Vander Pol, 6-1, F, Grundy Center - She's a consistent player being brought in to fill a role at Iowa. Vander Pol probably will need a year or two to adjust to the college game. Think Becca McCann with more height and a more natural athletic ability. She averaged 18.0 points and 9.8 rebounds as a junior
Lindsey Nyenhuis, 5-9, G, Forest Hills Northern High, Grand Rapids, MI - Shows pretty good speed and a solid outside shot. Reminds you a little of Lindsey Meder, but probably won't reach that level. Likely will start out as a role player, but has the potential to blossom into something more. She averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 assists as a junior PG.
Other Possibilities in the '05 Class (The Hawks likely will take 2 more)
Megan Skouby, 6-6, C, Mentor (Ohio) high - The No. 1 target left on the board for Iowa. She is scheduled to visit the Hawkeyes on the weekend of Oct. 16 and likely will be at the team's open practice at Carver-Hawkeye before the football game. She earned first-team all-state honors as a junior after averaging 17.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
Very agile for her size, and would be a cornerstone piece for this program. She is down to the Hawkeyes, Purdue and Virginia, but is leaning towards the first two. She has said she would like to make a decision within about a week of her Iowa visit. Mentor sits about 25 miles east of Cleveland.
Keisha Walker, 5-8, G, Hickman Mills (Mo.) High - First-team all-state as a junior in Class 5. There is no questioning Walker's athletic ability. It will be her grades that keep her from playing Division I next year if anything. Iowa likes her a lot. You might see her go the JUCO route, say maybe a Kirkwood, before wearing the black and gold.
Tamika Jackson, 6-3, C-F, Chipola Junior College - Jackson is playing in Florida but is a native of Galveston, Texas. Her coach at Chipola is Dave Lane, a long time Iowa City resident who coached in the Game Time League, at Iowa City West and Kirkwood. She can play a couple of positions and gets up and down the floor well. A little raw still, but as solid upside.
Prospects for 2006 Class (Iowa will take 3 or 4 kids)
Audrey McDonald, 5-7, PG, Kokomo (IN) High - The total package, Iowa is a long shot right now to beat out local favorites Purdue and Indiana. But she did have her uncle fly her up here in his private plane for an unofficial visit. Iowa likely will pass on a PG in this class unless it's McDonald.
Jenna Smith, 6-3, C, Bloomington (MN) Kennedy High - Real strong player with a lot of AAU experience. Smith is still developing and is at or near the top of Iowa's wish list. Fits into the mold the Hawkeyes like in their big players - agile and able to get up and down the floor. Probably will have to beat out Minnesota for Smith.
Danielle McCray, 5-11, G-F, Olathe (KS) East High - McCray is an exciting player high on the Hawkeyes' list. She is friends with Keisha Walker, which could help Iowa.
Yvonne Turner, 5-8, G, Bellevue (NE) East - Nice guard still learning the game. Iowa has others on the board ahead of her for now, but she might end up fitting into the plans as she matures.
Amber White, 5-6, PG, Coatsville (PA) High - Already a Street & Smith all-American, White would be a huge catch for the Hawkeyes. At the moment, she would be a longshot to move that far away from home, but time still remains.
Iowa also is looking at some guards in Minnesota, including Laura Coy. Omaha's Yvonne Turner from Bellevue East.