UPDATE: Iowa State women’s basketball hauls in three recruits for class of 2018


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Head coach Bill Fennelly and assistant coach Jodi Steyer watch the game against Delaware State Dec. 18. 

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As high school athletes ink their commitments to their respective colleges today, Bill Fennelly and Iowa State once again have hauled in an impressive women’s basketball recruiting class for 2018. 

“I don’t really put a whole lot of sock in [recruiting class rank] to be honest with you,” Fennelly said. “I think it says that people outside of our building consider those players good players.”

Maddie Frederick was the first one to sign her letter of intent this morning for Iowa State’s incoming class. Frederick is a 6-foot guard out of Tipp City, Ohio. According to ESPN Hoop Gurlz, the senior is rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 28 guard in the country. 

Frederick averaged 15.9 points and 4.1 rebounds as a junior at Hamilton High School in Arizona. She will finish up her high school career at Tippecanoe High School in Ohio. 

Ashley Joens, the classes prized recruit, was the second Cyclone to ink her commitment of the day. Joens is a five-star recruit out of Iowa City, Iowa. The 5-foot-9 guard is the No. 19 overall player in the Class of 2019 and the No. 7 rated guard in the class, according to ESPN Hoop Gurlz. 

“[Ashley] is a dynamic player, dynamic scorer and when you can attract the best player in the state and arguably one of the best players in the country it’s a great thing and we’re excited,” Fennelly said. 

Joens has scored 1,380 career points and averaged 21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. The City High Senior is the No. 1 recruit in the state of Iowa. 

The final signee of the class was Morgan Kane, a 6-foot-3 forward from Riverton, Utah. Kane is rated as a four-star recruit, according to ProspectNations. A three-time All-State recipient, Kane comes to Iowa State after averaging 17.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a junior. 

The class will certainly bolster an Iowa State team that is only losing Emily Durr and Claire Ricketts to graduation, and any possible transfers, such as recent transfer Sofija Zivaljevic

The class is ranked No. 15 in the country, tying for Iowa State’s highest recruiting class ever. The three commits will arrive on campus for the 2018-19 season. 

“They follow up I think really seamlessly with the class we had last year,” Fennelly said. “Real excited about it and happy for [the commits]. It’s a big day for them.”