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IOWA CITY - One of the best open-court defenders in the state, Iowa City High senior-to-be Rose Nkumu has committed to play college basketball at Marquette University.
Nkumu announced her commitment on Twitter Friday afternoon.
As a junior, Nkumu averaged 19 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals per game to help lead the Little Hawks (19-3) to the state tournament. A three-year starter, she was part of The Gazette's all-area team as a junior and a prominent member of City's state runner-up team in 2018.
Nkumu is the second member of City's Class of 2020 to commit to a Division-I program. Aubrey Joens picked Iowa State.
The return of seniors Nkumu, Joens and Paige Rocca makes the Little Hawks one of the Class 5A favorites for 2019-20.
Marquette was 26-6 last season, won the Big East Conference title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.