Hawkeyes ink three in-state preps

IOWA CITY – Four-star prep forward Tyler Cook is among the players who signed with Iowa and coach Fran McCaffery Wednesday.

Cook joins Iowa high school stars Ryan Kriener, Cordell Pemsl and Jordan Bohannon in the Hawkeyes latest class.

Cook, who is 6-foot-8, is considered among the nation’s top power forwards.

Kriener is a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior from Spirit Lake who was a second-team all-state selection last season. He averaged 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior.

Pemsl, from Dubuque Wahlert, is also a forward who should help Iowa compensate for losing the likes of Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury in the post following this season.

Bohannon is a 6-foot-1 guard from Linn-Mar who led his team in rebounding last season.

ISU tabs two JUCO players

AMES – Two of the nation’s top junior college stars highlight the recruiting class signed by Iowa State coach Steve Prohm on Wednesday.

Prohm signed four players; including junior college standouts Emmanuel Malou and Donovan Jackson.

Malou, a 6-foot-9 forward from Yuba College in California, was the nation’s second-best junior college player by recruiting service 247sports.com He averaged nearly 15 points and 8.5 rebounds last season and turned down Arizona and Kansas to play for Prohm.

Jackson, a point guard from Iowa Western, shot 40 percent on 3s last season.

Prohm also signed preps Jakolby Long (Mustang, Okla.) and Solomon Young (Sacramento).

Panthers ink a pair

CEDAR FALLS – Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson has announced the signing of Tanner Lohaus and Juwan McCloud.

Lohaus (Iowa City West) is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward who helped Iowa City West to the 2014 state championship. The Trojans were third in 2015, going 25-1. As a junior, Lohaus averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He is the younger brother of UNI sophomore guard Wyatt Lohaus.

Juwan McCloud (Germantown, Wis.) is a 5-11, 150-pound guard. He led the Warhawks to their sixth consecutive league crown. McCloud led Germantown HS to the Division I state championship game as a junior, averaging 16.7 points.

WOMEN

Hawks have top-20 class

IOWA CITY – Bre Cera (Mukwonago, Wis.), Makenzie Meyer (Mason City), Amanda Ollinger (Cedar Rapids), and Alexis Sevillian (Goodrich, Mich.) have inked National Letters of Intent to play basketball at the University of Iowa, UI head coach Lisa Bluder announced Wednesday.

The class of four is ranked 18th nationally by Blue Star Basketball.

Cyclones sign two

AMES – The Iowa State women’s basketball program and head coach Bill Fennelly announced Wednesday that two international prep standouts have signed their letters of intent.

Adriana Camber, a 5-foot-9 forward who hails from Lund, Sweden, is an accomplished basketball player in Sweden who was a member of the Nordic Championship national team in 2013 and 2014 where she was named an All-Star.

Aliyah Konate, a 6-4 forward/center from Berlin, was a member of Germany’s 3-on-3 national team in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Two preps for Panthers

CEDAR FALLS – The Northern Iowa women’s basketball program has made two additions to its 2016-17 roster: Megan Maahs of Epworth, and Abby Gerrits from Pewaukee, Wis.

Maahs, a 6-1 power forward from Western Dubuque, averaged 13.1 points and 9.8 rebounds as a junior in leading her team to a 25-1 record.

Gerrits, a 5-10 guard, became the first player in Pewaukee High School history to score over 1,000 points in just her junior season.

Drake inks three

DES MOINES – The Drake women’s basketball team has signed three preps: Becca Hittner (Urbandale), Mya Mertz (Overland Park, Kan.) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.).

Hittner, a Dowling Catholic senior, is a 6-foot guard who helped the Maroons capture a Class 5A state title in 2014, a runner-up finish in 2013 and a berth in the semifinals in 2015.

Mertz, from Overland Park, Kan., led Blue Valley Northwest in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots as a junior.

Rose, a 6-0 wing, has helped Shawnee Mission Northwest qualify for the Kansas 6A State Basketball Tournament the last two years.