On Whitney Jennings’ first recruiting visit to the University of Iowa two years ago, she and her family members who made the trip had a special feeling that it was the place where she would eventually continue her basketball career.
“People talk about that gut feeling that they sometimes get when they get on campus and meet the team. And I had that,” Jennings said. “I visited the summer after my freshman year. Then I took the next year to visit other schools and I always just ended up comparing them to Iowa. And for me, nothing compared.”
After verbally committing a year ago to play for the Hawkeyes, Jennings made it official Wednesday on national signing day, signing her national letter of intent to play basketball at Iowa on a full-ride scholarship.
Jennings talked about what made Iowa special to her. It starts with coach Lisa Bluder, a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year who is 251-157 (.615) in her 14th year at the school.
“Coach Bluder, she’s amazing. And the coaching staff, they’ve been there, I think this is their 14th year together if I’m not mistaken. So that sense of stability is really important to me and I know they’re going to be there,” Jennings said. “And the girls from the very first time I met them they just made me feel so welcome and like I was already part of the team. I just could see where I could fit in so easily there.”
Jennings added the Iowa program has a family-type of atmosphere and that her coaching style will help her get the most out of her talent.
“She’s a mom first of all. When I first met her she told me that’s what comes first, and I respect that so much. That was a really important quality to me and she treats her players like they’re her daughters,” she said.