AMES — The Iowa State women’s basketball team has had a recent trend of utilizing foreign-born players in key roles.
Its latest get could have the most important role of any of the non-Americans on the ISU roster.
Bride Kennedy-Hopoate, a 6-foot-4 forward, officially signed with Iowa State, the school announced Wednesday. The Brisbane, Austrailia, native, spent last season at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College and will have two years to play for the Cyclones.
“Bride completes a recruiting class that fills many of our needs as we graduate five players,” Iowa State Coach Bill Fennelly said in a release. “She played for a great program at Hutchinson Community College and can provide immediate and needed help in the post.
“Bride works very hard on her game and plays with a passion that our fan base will love to watch.”
After spending her first collegiate season at Northwest Florida State, Kennedy-Hopoate averaged 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game at Hutchinson. All Star Girls Report ranked her as the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the nation.
The loss of seniors Seanna Johnson and Heather Bowe in the post makes Kennedy-Hopoate an intricate piece of the Cyclones’ operation next season.
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“Bride Kennedy-Hopoate from Hutchinson, Kansas and Queensland, Australia is a 6-3 post with skills,” Bret McCormick, a recruiting analyst for All Star Girls Report, said in a release through Iowa State. “She has inside and outside game and is a great passer and rebounder. She can score in all ways and if she wants to really apply herself has WNBA potential.”
Kennedy-Hopoate is the fourth signee in Iowa State’s 2017 class, joining prep players Rae Johnson (5-7 guard), Kristin Scott (6-2 center) and Madison Wise (6-1 forward).
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