Montezuma's Shateah Wetering commits to Iowa women's basketball

6-foot-1 forward is first recruit for 2020

Montezuma's Shateah Wetering (second from right) pulls down a rebound against Cascade in last year's Class 2A regional-final loss at Marengo. Now a sophomore, Wetering committed to play for Iowa on Sunday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Montezuma's Shateah Wetering (second from right) pulls down a rebound against Cascade in last year's Class 2A regional-final loss at Marengo. Now a sophomore, Wetering committed to play for Iowa on Sunday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Carver-Hawkeye Arena was nearly empty late Sunday afternoon after the University of Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Michigan.

But Shateah Wetering lingered, along with her family. She had an announcement to make.

A sophomore at Montezuma High School, Wetering revealed her oral commitment to the Hawkeyes on Sunday.

“They were my first pick ever,” Wetering told The Gazette, shortly after sharing the news with the Iowa coaching staff.

“I love the atmosphere here. I love everything about it. I’m so excited. I’ve had this in my mind forever.”

The first commitment in Iowa’s Class of 2020, Wetering — a 6-foot-1 forward — is averaging 12.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She is shooting 52.5 percent from the floor.

Montezuma is 9-2 and ranked No. 12 in Class 1A. The Bravettes are coached by former Iowa State standout Janel (Grimm) Burgess.

Wetering called “driving and rebounding” the strengths of her game. “I need to improve on my shooting,” she said.

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The Hawkeyes have four high-school seniors signed for next season and two juniors have committed.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: FUTURE HAWKEYES

Class of 2018 — Logan Cook (Iowa City West), Monika Czinano (Watertown, Minn.), Kate Martin (Evansville, Ind.), Tomi Taiwo (Carmel, Ind.)

Class of 2019 — Gabbie Marshall (Mason, Ohio), Megan Meyer (Mason City)

Class of 2020 — Shateah Wetering (Montezuma)

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