Iowa Women Recruiting '07 Class Hard

The Hawkeyes already have a commitment from Minnesota Point Guard Zoraa Quoie in the '06 class and still are looking to maybe sign one more player this year. However, Iowa would also feel fine holding the scholarship for a '07 Class it loves. Find out who the Hawkeyes are looking at as possible candidates for the other '06 schollie and who they have offered in the '07 group.

Iowa already has one 2006 recruit in the fold in Minnesota point guard Zoraa Quoie (feature in December issue of Hawkeye Nation Magazine). Quoie (pronounced Coy) might end up being the only player the Hawkeyes sign next month.

Iowa still is looking at Kenyatta Shelton (combo forward) out of Crane Tech in Chicago. The Hawkeyes have extended a soft offer. They're waiting to find out her interest level when she makes an official visit, which likely will take place within the next three weekends. They like her, think she's a great kid, but are not sure if she fits.

Iowa also could go the junior college route and is looking hard at Iowa Western's Crystal Howard (LINK). She is a 5-9 guard that played at Omaha Central High and originally attended Missouri. The Hawkeyes know her from recruiting her out of high school.

It could also be a case where Iowa holds its scholarships for the '07 class, which the coaches feel is loaded. Iowa likely will hand out three or four scholarships and already has some offers out. Here are some of the prospects that have a Hawkeye scholarship offer:

ALISON JACKSON, 5-11, G-F, CHICAGO FENWICK - Jackson was recruited by everyone in the country, but appears to have narrowed her list to Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Her team was 33-2 last season. She averaged 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds. She is No. 1 on Iowa's '07 list right now.

DEVEREAUX PETERS, 6-2, PF, CHICAGO FENWICK - Iowa also likes Peters, who averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 boards as a sophomore. She's a pure power forward. She and Jackson are friends, but it's not necessarily a package deal. Jackson is the more heavily recruited of the two and is doing her own thing. But if Jackson ends up at a school Peters also has interest from, they could end up playing together in college.

KRISTEN DOCKERY, 6-4, C, SOUTH BEND ST. JOE - Helped the Indians win the Class 3-A state title last season. She averaged more than eight points and five rebounds and shot over 62 percent from the field in '04-05 for a team loaded with talented upperclassmen. http://www.zbrd.com/ARCHIVE/stjoebb2005/News/PostSeason11.htm

KELSEY BOLTE, 6-1, F, BATTLE CREEK-IDA GROVE (Iowa) - The Hawkeyes really like the top junior in the state, who could possibly be the best player in our state, period, this season. She earned Class 2A first team all-state honors as a sophomore last season. She averaged 19.8 points, 9.13 boards, 4.65 steals and 4.39 assists. Arizona State and Kansas State both have been recruiting her, but it looks like it could come down to Iowa and Iowa State battling for her services.

KELSEY CERMAK, 6-2, F, NORWALK (Iowa) - A developing big player than could end up blossoming the next two seasons. She's a good all-around athlete that runs track and plays tennis. She helped her basketball team advance to the state tournament last season averaging 18.92 points.

BRITTANY THOMAS, 5-10, G, BOLINGBROOK (Illinois) - Thomas would be a great get for Iowa, but the Hawkeyes are just trying to get her attention first. She played in high school with current Hawk, Jenee Graham, but they're separated by three years in age and didn't really hang out together. Thomas already took visits to Illinois and Tennessee this summer. She's a super athlete who also stars in track.


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