Girls Basketball

Edwardsville junior Kate Martin commits to Iowa

Edwardsville High School junior Kate Martin has verbally committed to the University of Iowa to play women’s basketball in 2018-19.

A second-team Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection and a two-year starter for coach Lori Blade at Edwardsville, Martin gave a verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes on Monday.

For Martin, the realization she will be member of the Iowa program is something she has coveted for a long time. Martin’s aunt is Iowa associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Jan Jensen, and Martin is familiar with the Iowa program.

“Iowa has always been a place that I wanted to go,” Martin said. “I have a lot of family in Iowa and I’ve been going to the University of Iowa basketball camp each summer for as long as I can remember. It’s a great school with a tremendous women’s basketball program.”

Martin also looked at several other Big Ten and Big East schools, including Illinois, DePaul, Butler and St. Louis University.

Martin averaged 12.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals for Edwardsville, which finished 32-1 after falling 41-40 to Geneva in the Class 4A state-title game.

Seniors Makenzie Silvey and Criste’on Waters will play at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2017-18, while junior Myriah Noodel-Haywood has committed to Kansas State. Junior Rachel Pranger, another Division I prospect, has not yet decided what school she will attend.

Iowa finished 20-14 last season and won three games in the National Invitation Tournament before falling to Washington State 74-66.