After Caitlin Clark, what will happen in Iowa next? Meet the Hawkeyes’ top recruits and returning players in 2024–2025.

Iowa will explore new ground in the 2024–2025 campaign. Under head coach Lisa Bluder, the Hawkeyes will usher in a new era following four years of breathtaking antics from Caitlin Clark. That is collegiate athletics, the ever-evolving roller coaster. Seasons change with time. Still, the program is unwavering. A new season also brings with it fresh talent, all aiming to follow in Clark’s footsteps and become some of the biggest names in college basketball. What what is in store for Bluder and the Hawkeyes going forward? Examining Iowa’s roster in preparation for the upcoming campaign is The Sporting News.
After Caitlin Clark, what will happen in Iowa next? Clark is going to the WNBA, so the Hawkeyes might not see him in the next campaign. Nonetheless, they will have a number of youthful talent ready to step up. What you should know about some well-known figures who plan to make their way to Des Moines between 2024 and 2025 is as follows: Heiden Ava Big 6-foot-4 Ava Heiden is leading the way for Iowa. A number of elite universities, including Gonzaga and Utah, expressed interest in Heiden, a four-star prospect ranked as the 40th best player in the 2024 class by ESPN. But instead, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her parents, who were also Big Ten athletes in the past, and become a part of Bluder’s collection.
After averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game for a Sherwood Lady Bowmen team that stormed to the conference title in her sophomore year, Heiden was named the Pacific Conference Player of the Year. She played in just a few games during her junior season due to an ankle ailment. On the rare times she did see the floor, though, she was still fairly productive, raising her scoring average to 12.5 points per game. She aspires to be a prominent painter who hails from Iowa, much like Megan Gustafson and Monika Czinano.
Associate head coach Jan Jensen, who has been regarded as something of a big whisperer during her tenure with the program, may play a key role in this development.
In light of this, she appeared to be quite happy about Heiden’s impending presence when the high school student declared her plan to commit to the Hawkeyes.

Aaliyah Guyton
another top-60 recruit, will join Heiden on the revamped Hawkeye squad. Guyton is a 5-foot-8 guard from Peoria, Illinois. Her father, A.J. Guyton, was an All-American basketball player at Indiana from 1996 to 2000.

Guyton is a terrific scorer, just like her parents. She moved up the ranks to receive four-star billing during her junior season, averaging 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 steals.

Guyton won the Big 12 Conference’s (high school) player of the year award twice for her achievements. She could play a significant role in Bluder’s rotation, especially with the impending departures of Clark, Gabbie Marshall, Kate Martin and Molly Davis set to ravage the Hawkeyes’ guard depth next year.
After Clark’s exit, Teagan Mallegni Bluder went above and beyond to make adjustments to Iowa’s setup. Six-footer

Teagan Mallegni

a prolific scorer who has become one of Wisconsin’s best players over the last four years, is another top-100 prospect that she signed.

In the collegiate game, long players who can score from all three levels are invaluable. Though it’s early, Mallegni has already demonstrated moments of brilliance in that area. Throughout 2023, she averaged 24.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 4.1 steals, and 1.7 blocks.

Moreover, Mallegni has demonstrated a preference for fast-paced offensive, which makes him a valuable asset to Bluder’s scheme in the future.

“I love transition,” Mallegni stated, according to hawk fanatic.
Bluder and company will be happy if Mallegni achieves even half of the success of former National Player of the Year Gustafson, a Wisconsinite who turned Hawkeye.

Taylor Stremlow

Before the 2024 season, Bluder signed another highly-regarded guard, obtaining a pledge from the Wisconsin native.
The 5-foot-8 guard from Verona, Wisconsin, Stremlow won her state’s Player of the Year award for her senior season, averaging 18.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 9.2 assists, and 5.8 steals per game.

Stremlow appears to be a clever presence in the backcourt, capable of finding sharp angles to feed her teammates or get to the basket herself. ESPN ranks her as the No. 91 prospect in the Class of 2024.
She might not be Clark after all. However, in recent seasons, Bluder has demonstrated a readiness to loosen the reins for ball-handling mavericks. Stremlow might be the most recent person to receive this honor.

The lone in-state commit from Iowa, Callie Levin, won’t be welcomed to Des Moines with the same hoopla as her teammates. The three-star prospect, though, has good jump shot mechanics and appears ready to take defensive players off the dribble if necessary.

Who is coming back to Iowa in 2024–2025?

The Iowa roster’s composition will drastically alter by 2024–25. Five seniors are scheduled to leave the program, including Clark. Since the five graduating seniors are all backcourt players, Bluder will need to add some substantial reinforcements through the transfer and recruiting portals.
In Des Moines, though, there is still hope. In the college game, luck is on the side of the brave. Few players in the country have demonstrated greater audacity when exiting the pick-and-roll than Hannah Stuelke, a sophomore forward.

Since arriving in 2022, Stuelke has quietly emerged as one of the nation’s top players. Between her freshman and sophomore seasons, she raised her scoring average by 7.6 points, which allowed her to be named to the second team of the Big Ten this year.

She will lead a reliable, albeit unimpressive, bunch of returning players. Check out the team that will lead the Hawkeyes back to the promised land in the upcoming season.

F Hannah Stuelke averages 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.
Sydney Affolter, G. (8.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists) per contest
F/C Addison O’Grady averages 4.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game.
Sharon Goodman, C. (Averaging 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per contest)
G. Taylor McCabe (3.4 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.7 assists) per contest
F AJ Ediger averages 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.2 assists per game.
Jada Gyamfi, F. averages 1.4 points, 0.6 rebounds, and 0.2 assists in games.
G. Kennise Johnson averages 0.5 points, 0.3 rebounds, and 0.2 assists per game.

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