IOWA CITY — The girls’ basketball team from Aurora (Colo.) Grandview High School was — and will remain — one game away from a state championship.
“It was a revenge game,” junior Addison O’Grady said. “We lost to them (Cherry Creek) last year, and we were excited to play them again.”
Instead, on the eve of the Class 5A championship game March 14, the remainder of the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
That was an empty feeling, to be sure. Tuesday, though, that was much more fulfilling.
A mobile 6-foot-4 post, O’Grady verbally committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“Their style of play, I think it will fit me really well,” O’Grady said Wednessday. “They play together; they play a fun style.”
O’Grady hails from Centennial, Colo. She is ranked as the nation’s 37th-best junior by ESPN.com, No. 4 at her position.
“A versatile, blue-collar frontcourt performer,” she is described by the website. “A workhorse on the glass, scores through contact in the block, mobile in uptempo game, emerging face-up game in the key and short corner keeps the defense guessing.
“She continues to develop as a coveted interior player in the 2021 class.”
O’Grady, who averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior as Grandview went 24-3, picked the Hawkeyes over Utah, Washington and Colorado.
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Iowa associate head coach Jan Jensen has gained the reputation as a post wizard. Under her eye, Megan Gustafson became the 2019 consensus national player of the year. Her successor, Monika Czinano, blossomed into an all-Big Ten performer last season as a sophomore.
“That definitely played a factor for me,” O’Grady said. “The success of the post players at Iowa ... I love the idea of Coach Jan as my coach.”
O’Grady’s announcement further strengthens the Hawkeyes’ 2021 class. Post A.J. Ediger (Hamilton, Mich.) is ranked 51st in the nation, and guard Sydney Affolter (Chicago) committed in January.
The 2020 signing class consists of Caitlin Clark (West Des Moines Dowling), Sharon Goodman (Crestwood), Shateah Wetering (Montezuma) and Lauren Jensen (Lakeville North, Minn.).
O’Grady will become the fourth Coloradan to play women’s basketball at Iowa. The most recent was Kristi Smith (2005-09).
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