This Five Questions segment features Callie Levin, a 2024 from Solon High School (IA) and All Iowa Attack. She has already verballed and will play at Iowa.
1) You recently became one of the first 2024s to verbally commit when you committed to Iowa. What were some of the main reasons you decided you want to be a Hawkeye?
I have always been a Hawkeye since I was little. Both my parents graduated from Iowa and my mom was on the Iowa women’s track team. Being a Hawkeye was just in my blood. After meeting Lisa, Jan, Abby, and Raina and watching them interact with their players. I knew right away I wanted to be part of the Iowa women’s basketball family, which comes with positivity and a great deal of respect, high energy, competitiveness, and a place where I could truly grow both on and off the court. Iowa City is just down the road from where I live and it will be awesome to play college basketball just 15 minutes away from my home town.
2) For AAU you play with one of the premier programs in the nation in All Iowa Attack, what were a few of your favorite summer memories?
It was such a fun summer traveling with my teammates, getting to know each of them better, singing karaoke, swimming in the ocean while it was raining, and forming life long friendships. The ultimate honor was when we came together as a team and won the national championship. It was fun to see how far we had come as a team.
3) Last season you reached the Region Championship game, what are some things you and your teammates will need to do this season to break through to the State Tournament in your opinion?
I have an awesome high school team and everyone’s back this year! We all are going to need to continue to figure out our role on the court and how each one of us can contribute best to the team. I have one year under my belt and with that I’m a little wiser, more confident, and ready to be a strong, positive leader. In order for us to get to state we are all going to have to believe in each other and play with a lot of heart. Let’s not rule out state champs though!
4) As one of the first 2024s in the region to commit, what advice would you give to other younger recruits about knowing when the right time is to commit to a program?
For me it was about not getting caught up in the recruiting process, staying grounded, and ultimately following my heart. After building a relationship with the coaching staff the past year and going to one of their practices I knew Iowa was the only place for me. With social media it’s especially easy for young recruits to get caught up in the game of comparison. My advice to young recruits is to choose the college that feels like home, set personal goals, and focus on getting better than you were the day before.
5) You recently attended the Iowa football opener. How fun was it to meet with your future coaches, future teammates, as well as meeting other players being recruited by the Hawkeyes?
It was such an amazing feeling to be able to experience that moment with my new basketball family. I felt so grateful to be there! I loved being able to spend time and get to know the coaches and other recruits. It was my first time at Kinnick as a committed Hawkeye and it couldn’t have felt so right!