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    Mater Dei girls basketball player Addison Deal commits to Iowa
    • March 13, 2024

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    A challenging winter for Mater Dei girls basketball player Addison Deal brightened considerably Tuesday with her commitment to one of the best collegiate programs.

    A beaming hue of yellow radiated from the junior’s social media page as she announced her commitment to Iowa.

    5 Addison Deal (no. 12 espnW Super 60) has committed to Iowa!@deal_addie | @IowaWBB

    — SportsCenter NEXT (@SCNext) March 12, 2024

    The 6-foot guard missed most of this past season with a sprained ankle.

    “GOD IS GOODDD” Deal posted on social media after committing to the three-time defending Big Ten Conference champion.

    “Very happy for Addie and her family,” former Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said. “She has had to sit and watch for a few months now and it’s great to see her fired up. Hopefully she can be back on the court soon.”

    Iowa (29-4), ranked second in the nation, is led by high-scoring guard Caitlin Clark. The senior recently became the all-time leading scorer for NCAA Division I basketball — women’s or men’s.

    Last season, Clark helped lead the Hawkeyes to a runner-up finish to LSU in the NCAA Tournament.

    “I chose Iowa because of the coaching staff, culture, the conference, style of play and competitive level Iowa has been playing at,” Deal said. “And, of course, it didn’t hurt that Caitlin has all the success she’s had at Iowa.”

    “Caitlin has definitely helped put a national spotlight on Iowa and she’s now a household name,” Deal added. “

    Deal, The Register’s player of the year last season, suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Ontario Christian in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona on Dec. 21. It was the Monarchs’ 13th game of the season.

    In the 2022-23 season, Deal led Mater Dei in scoring by averaging 15 points, finished second in rebounding (5.3) and tied for the team lead in steals (2.7).

    She played her freshman season at Pacifica Christian, averaging over 20 points in leading the Tritons to the CIF-SS Division 4A title.

    Kiernan called Iowa a “great fit” for Deal, the No. 12 recruit in the class of 2025 according to HoopGurlz.

    “She’s a big guard who can score, pass and rebound,” Kiernan said. “Iowa is a very up-tempo team that likes to push the pace. Addie will be good for them.”

    Please send girls basketball news to Dan Albano at [email protected] or @ocvarsityguy on X and Instagram

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    ​ Orange County Register