Bridget Carleton Commits To NCAA’s Iowa State Cyclones

Bridget Carleton - Iowa State Cyclones

Bridget Carleton, pictured with Team Canada, has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones – Photo from FIBA America’s

Chatham’s Bridget Carleton, one of Canada’s top women’s basketball prospects, has made a verbal commitment to play for the NCAA Big 12’s Iowa State Cyclones.

According to Carleton, Iowa State, an NCAA Division I team, who appeared in the NCAA tournament last season after finishing with a 20-11, was the place she wanted to be.

“I felt like Iowa State was the best overall fit for me,” said Carleton. “The coaches are amazing, they have the program I am interested in, the facilities are great, I think I will fit into their style of play and the game environment when I visited was unbelievable. Just felt very comfortable and welcomed by everyone while I was there.”

Iowa State’s NCAA tournament appearance was the school’s 15th in the last 19 seasons, more than any other Big 12 team.

Carleton represented Canada at the FIBA U16 America’s last season, serving as a co-captain, helping Canada to a silver medal, and qualifying her country for the U17 World Championships this summer. At the FIBA America’s, Carleton finished 6th in tournament scoring averaging 11.4 points-per-game.

Carleton, who was CKSN’s 2013 Female Athlete of the Year, also won a National Championship in 2013 with Team Ontario’s U17 team. The 6’2″ John McGregor Secondary School student, has also played a starring role this season playing club basketball for the JUEL’s London Ramblers, and led her John McGregor Panthers to a Kent title.

Capping off a year packed with accomplishments, was another great experience for the rising star.

“Committing feels great because I know I made the best decision,” says Carleton, who as a current grade 11 student, will join Iowa State University in 2015. “Playing NCAA D1 basketball had been a goal of mine for a long time and knowing it is going to be a reality is amazing. It motivates me that much more to keep training and improving to be the best player I can be.”

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