Caitlin Clark on fifth-year decision to stay at Iowa or go to WNBA: ‘I’m just going to trust my gut’

Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark isn’t ready to decide if she’ll return for a fifth season in 2024-25 or head to the WNBA.

“I’m going to go based off of my gut,” Clark said. “At the end of the day, that’s the biggest thing that I think I should trust. … I’m going to know when I need to know if I want to stay or if I want to go.”

Clark compared her decision for next year to being recruited out of high school. The 21-year-old said she knew there were several “good” options for where to play college basketball, but she chose Iowa because it felt right.

“It’s really not something I think about every single day,” Clark said of her upcoming decision. “It’s not something I let weigh on me. I’m focused on helping this team be the best team they can be, and when I know that decision, all of you will know. I think the biggest thing will be I’m just going to trust my gut and go with that.”

Clark returns to Iowa this fall for her senior season after leading the Hawkeyes to their first NCAA title game appearance in April, where they lost to LSU. Last month, she won the 93rd AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given annually to the most outstanding athlete at the collegiate or Olympic level in the United States.

Expectations will be off the charts for Clark and for Iowa this year. Through three seasons and 100 games, Clark has 2,717 points. She averaged 27.8 points and 8.6 assists per game last year, leading the nation with 1,055 points to break the Big Ten single-season record.

If Clark leaves Iowa for the 2024 WNBA Draft, she is projected to be the No. 1 pick. LSU star Angel Reese, whom Clark faced in the NCAA title game, will also be eligible to enter the WNBA in 2024.

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