Will Iowa’s Caitlin Clark Play One More Year?
The Iowa women's basketball team met the press at their media day on Wednesday. There was talk of yet another magical season in Iowa City. Could this Iowa team win the Big Ten again? Could they make another run to the Final Four? But the biggest question on many Hawkeye fans' minds is will this be the last go around for Iowa star Caitlin Clark?
What more does Clark have to prove? She led Iowa to its first-ever National Championship game appearance last season. She averaged over 27 points and 8 assists per game, and took home every national player of the year award that college basketball has ever created! Clark is a senior this year at Iowa is is already being projected as the possible #1 pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft.
Yes, Clark is a senior, but due to COVID she still has a fifth year of eligibility at Iowa should she choose to use it. The Daily Iowan reports that Iowa coach Lisa Bluder would love to have Clark back next year. Who wouldn't, right? But, Bluder stated, "It's her choice if she chooses to go on."
Clark has dodged the question for much of the summer. She's had a lot going on like playing in golf tournaments with Zach Johnson and a trip with her teammates overseas. But at media day on Wednesday, The Daily Iowan reports that Clark admitted that she will be treating the upcoming season as if it is her last at Iowa. Clark went on to say, "It's not something that I let weigh on me. I'm focused on helping this team be the best team they can be, and when I know my decision the public will know too."
A player like Caitlin Clark only comes around once in a generation. Hawkeye fans have been blessed to watch her play in her home state for the past four seasons. Iowa fans need to sit back, watch, and enjoy the ride. Whether it's this year or next, eventually #22 will walk off the court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and into the history books. And we'll be the lucky ones who got to see it all happen. LET'S GO HAWKS!
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