Iowa completed its 2018 women’s basketball recruiting class and added to its 2019 class with verbal commitments over the past two days.
Tomi Taiwo, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Carmel, Indiana, announced Monday morning that she plans to sign with the Hawkeyes next week, less than a day after Gabbie Marshall, a 5-9 point guard from Cincinnati, verbally committed to be part of Iowa’s 2019 class.
Taiwo, who plans to pursue a pre-med major in college, selected the Hawkeyes over Brown and Pennsylvania of the Ivy League in addition to offers from Ball State, Bradley and Miami (Ohio).
“The combination of what I found academically and in basketball at Iowa was the deciding factor,’’ Taiwo said. “It has everything I was looking for in a college.’’
Taiwo averaged 14 points and set a school record with 65 three-point field goals last season for a 23-5 team.
Marshall was part of a Mount Notre Dame team in Cincinnati that won the Ohio Division I state championship last season. She made her commitment after completing her third visit to the Iowa campus last weekend.
“The atmosphere in the program is so real and genuine and that starts with coach (Lisa) Bluder and the staff,’’ Marshall said. “It felt like home. The coaches have been there and are going to be there and it was just a comfortable situation. It feels right.’’
Marshall selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Xavier, Dayton, Marquette, Miami (Ohio) and Loyola. She also took unofficial visits to Michigan and Florida.
Iowa’s style of play and the program’s willingness to play a deep rotation attracted Marshall to the Hawkeyes.
“Their record speaks for itself. They’re a regular in the NCAA tourney, a good, solid program that I’m looking forward to being part of,’’ Marshall said.
As a sophomore, she averaged 13.8 points, 3 steals, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists for a 26-4 team at Mount Notre Dame.
Taiwo is the fourth member of Iowa’s 2018 recruiting class, joining 6-3 Monika Czinano of Watertown, Minnesota, 6-0 Kate Martin of Edwardsville, Illinois, and 6-1 Logan Cook of Iowa City West.
Marshall is the second player to announce intentions to be part of Iowa’s 2019 recruiting class, joining 5-8 guard Megan Meyer of Mason City, Iowa.