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ALGONA — Audi Crooks, a strong, sturdy junior post who led Algona Garrigan to a Class 1A state championship in March, announced in a brief news conference Thursday morning she will play women’s basketball at Iowa State University.
Crooks’ decision was carried live by Algona Radio KLGA and KLGZ. It was a quick ceremony in which Crooks had sweatshirts of three other contenders on a table, then unzipped her sweatshirt, showing an Iowa State T-shirt underneath.
The Gazette learned Wednesday that Ames was Crooks’ likely destination.
Crooks, listed at 6-foot-3 and the owner of excellent hands and instincts around the basket, chose the Cyclones over Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
According to ESPN, Crooks is the 58th-best prospect nationwide in the 2023 class. She is the third player on the 2023 list to commit to Iowa State, following Addyson Brown (No. 41, 6-2 wing, Derby Senior, Kan.) and Jalynn Bristow (No. 48, 6-2 forward, Rider, Texas).
Iowa City High’s Kelsey Joens is another junior who has committed to ISU.
Crooks averaged 23.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game as Garrigan (25-3) captured the Class 1A state championship last month. She shot 72.3 percent from the field.
The Golden Bears broke through with a title last season after finishing second to Newell-Fonda in 2020 and 2021.
Through three seasons, Crooks has compiled 1,845 points and 955 rebounds, leading Garrigan to a 75-7 mark.