Dowling’s Caitlin Clark Shows Out in Future College Hometown

February 3, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Fans packing into the City High gym Saturday afternoon were treated to an excellent prep game. They also received a glimpse into the future of college basketball in the state.

The Class 5A top-ranked Little Hawks came from behind for a thrilling 75-73 victory against No. 2 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic. Maroon senior guard and Iowa Hawkeye signee Caitlin Clark scored a game-high 34 points. City senior Aubrey Joens, an Iowa State recruit, led the winners with 27 points.

Our focus was on Clark because, well, it’s HawkeyeNation.com. We captured some highlights:

SCOUTING REPORT: I’ve learned through the years from listening to coaches that it’s wise to take in more than just the skill set. I watch for demeanor, interaction with teammates and other tells.

Clark competes hard and rallies teammates. I was impressed when late in the game a freshman guard committed a turnover trying to get her the ball. Clark consoled the youngster and patted her on the head during the next timeout. That showed leadership.

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She is smooth with or without the ball in her hands. She handles it well and sees the floor at an elite level. Her shooting range extends several feet behind the three-point arc (was 6 of 13 on trey attempts Saturday) and she shows a quick release with textbook form.

Clark should be able to play the 1-3 positions at the next level. She stands at least 6-feet with long arms. She displays good quickness, runs well and shows athleticism.

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Her defense is coming along, and she has the ability to be really good at it. I think growth will continue there at Iowa when there’s less pressure for her to produce on the offensive end.

INTERVIEW: Clark talked with us about focusing on becoming better defensively, why Iowa was the right fit for her, facing Joens and more.

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Watch the full interview here:

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