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Women's Basketball

RECRUITING: Iowa State women land commitment from former five-star recruit

Feb 23, 2017; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Alexa Middleton (33) brings the ball up the court against the Florida Gators at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brianna Paciorka/ Knoxville News Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Tennessee transfer guard, and former five-star recruit, Alexa Middleton has committed to Iowa State, a source confirmed to Cyclone Fanatic on Tuesday. Middleton was a McDonalds All-American and rated as the No. 28 player in the 2014 class.

The 5-foot-9 guard chose the Cyclones over UCLA, Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast and Belmont. She will sit out the 2017-18 due to NCAA transfer rules then will be eligible to play for Bill Fennelly‘s program in 2018-19.

Middleton played in all 32 games for the Lady Vols this past season, starting 18 of them. She averaged 4.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

The Iowa State women went 18-13 this past season before losing to Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.