Shantavia Dawkins was the first player to sign with the Iowa State women’s basketball team during the early-signing window, which started on Wednesday.
Dawkins will be part of the 2022 recruiting class for head coach Bill Fennelly.
The Cyclones announced the signing via a press release. The early signing period ends on Nov. 17.
For Fennelly, he continues to mind a pipeline of talent from Canada that has benefited both the men’s and women’s programs. Dawkins is from Brampton, Ontario. Canada is home to a current Cyclones and a former Cyclone.
Izzi Zingaro currently plays for Iowa State. Bridget Carleton played for the Cyclones from 2015-19 and now plays in the WNBA.
Dawkins plays for Southwest Academy in Ontario. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game and earned OSBA All-District honors. She was named to Team Ontario and Biosteel All-Canadian in 2019.
The Cyclones may not take in a large recruiting class, at least during the early period. They have just two seniors on the roster — all-America guard/forward Ashley Joens and center Beatriz Jordão.
The Cyclones won their season opener, 65-38, over Omaha on Tuesday. In that game, Cyclones guard Emily Ryan tied a program high with nine steals. Lexi Donarski led the Cyclones with 18 points, while Joens added 15 points.
Iowa State is off for the rest of the week and hosts South Dakota State on Monday.
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