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November 14, 2013

Bluder's foresight helps land Jennings

Logansport basketball fans that have enjoyed watching the Whitney Jennings Show at the Berry Bowl the last three years can consider Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder the smartest person in the room.

Bluder was the first big-time college coach to say that Jennings could play at the top level of college basketball and the first to offer her a scholarship two summers ago following Jennings’ freshman year of high school.

That foresight helped Bluder and Iowa land Logansport’s star point guard, arguably the best player in the talent-rich state of Indiana.

“We were among the first to see her play and right away it was pretty obvious she was a talented competitor,” Bluder said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “She was good back then. I think she was tremendous even as a sophomore.

“I think she’s tremendous. I think she’s going to be an impact player in the Big Ten. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s going to be an impact player in the Big Ten Conference. She fits right in with our style. We like to push, we like to have scoring point guards. So she is ideal within our system here at Iowa.”

Bluder said Iowa’s 2014 recruiting class was ranked 28th in the nation by the Blue Star Report.

“I agree or think it’s even better than that,” Bluder said. “We have covered all of our needs. We have a point guard, a wing, a power forward and a center coming in. So almost one of every position, and we only lose one player to graduation next year. So those four will be coming in and joining a good team but making it definitely deeper than it is now and just adding some more athleticism to it.”

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