Prep Basketball

Rose Nkumu of Iowa City High commits to Marquette

Class of 2020 guard averaged 19 points for Little Hawks last season

Iowa City High’s Rose Nkumu (3) lines up a 3-pointer during a Class 5A girls’ state basketball quarterfinal game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (The Gazette)
Iowa City High’s Rose Nkumu (3) lines up a 3-pointer during a Class 5A girls’ state basketball quarterfinal game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (The Gazette)

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.

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