NCAAW: Ashley Joens an intriguing WNBA prospect for Iowa State Cyclones

Across the college basketball landscape, the success of a lot of winning programs can be traced back to a couple of gamers — gamers whose arrival introduced brand-new locations at their particular schools and whose specific achievement right away raised their programs as a whole.

For the Iowa State Cyclones, that gamer is Ashley Joens.

Joens, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward from Iowa City, has actually turned into one of the best gamers in Cyclones history, her choice to stay at home and bet Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly basically dragging the program out of mediocrity. The Cyclones have actually gone a combined 65-29 (.691) given that Joens’ freshman season in 2018-19; they had actually gone 63-60 (.512) in the 4 seasons prior.

Fennelly is appreciative, too. After a close loss to Texas A&M in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, he quipped that anybody who doesn’t believe Joens is among the very best gamers in the nation “needs to look at other sports.”

Whether or not one concurs with Fennelly’s evaluation, the effect Joens has actually had on Iowa State through 3 seasons is indisputable. It’s now time to eagerly anticipate the 2022 WNBA Draft; simply how excellent of a gamer is Joens, and which of her college abilities should WNBA coaches be taking a look at when examining her as a draft possibility?

Honors and stats

Joens has actually been collecting honors given that her extremely first year at Iowa State. 2018’s No. 26 general hire (ESPN HoopGurlz) and Miss Basketball for the state of Iowa, Joens balanced 11.7 points per video game and tore down 72 3s as a freshman, making Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors at the same time.

Joens’ college profession has actually risen quickly ever since. She scored 20.5 points per video game as a sophomore and a tremendous 24.2 as a junior, balancing no less than 9.5 rebounds per video game in each of those seasons. She was a leading 5 finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award (provided to the country’s finest little forward) in 2020 and won the award in 2021, while likewise amassing nationwide attention on the Wade and Naismith Trophy watch lists.

As anticipated, Joens was when again called to the Cheryl Miller Award view list prior to the 2020-21 season. She was likewise called to preseason watch lists for the Naismith and Wade Trophies, in addition to the Wooden Award.

Internationally, Joens has actually been included with U.S.A. Basketball for a number of years, having actually belonged to groups that won Gold in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 and U19 World Cup competitors. She likewise took part in trials for Team U.S.A. in the 2021 AmeriCup competitors.

How she assists the Cyclones

Looking at Joens’ fundamental per-game statistics, it’s simple to inform what her main function is at Iowa State: score the basketball.

It’s something she does rather well. According to Her Hoop Stats, in 2020-21, Joens was among simply 8 gamers in all of Division I to typical a minimum of 20 points per video game while shooting much better than half on 2-pointers and much better than 35 percent on 3-pointers, and her 24.2 points per video game ranked 2nd (to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark) on that list. Simply put, she’s a hazard to score from practically anywhere on the court — though she significantly chooses 3-pointers and shots in the paint to long 2-point jumpers — and regardless of understanding complete well who Iowa State’s go-to gamer is, challengers simply can’t stop her.

Joens is an exceptional 3-point shooter, however her bag of offending techniques goes much deeper than a long-range jumpshot.
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That Joens frequently deals with the force of challengers’ defenses and still ratings at the volume and performance that she does is something to appreciate. As a junior, Joens led the nation in totally free tosses made (181); while Fennelly has actually associated this to opposing groups “beat[ing] the crap out of her,” it likewise speaks not just to Joens’ strength, however the adaptability of her video game.

As is common of a lot of fantastic scorers, Joens can torching defenses in a wide variety of methods. About 14.4 percent of Joens’ belongings last season began post-ups (Synergy Sports), and she scored 1.118 points per belongings on them, ranking in the 93rd percentile. She likewise drew a shooting nasty on 23.7 percent of those post-ups, her 6-foot-1 frame just excessive for the majority of her specific matches to manage.

In summary, Joens’ offending collection has couple of obvious weak points, if any. She’s likewise an exceptional rebounder for her position, ranking in the 95th percentile in rebounding rate as a sophomore and 92nd percentile as a junior. Joens’ expertise in the post and on the glass offers the Cyclones the choice to field smaller sized lineups and more area the flooring. While it stays to be seen simply just how much of her foul-drawing will equate to the expert level, such possible lineup optionality will definitely factor into a WNBA group’s choice to prepare her.

Watch her play

Big 12 play is still a couple of weeks away, however Iowa State has a couple of interesting matches on its schedule in the meantime. The Cyclones will take a trip to Baton Rouge to handle LSU on Thursday, Dec. 2 in a video game that will be telecasted nationally on ESPN2. Soon afterwards, No. 13 Iowa State and No. 8 Iowa will restore their competition on Wednesday, Dec. 8 on ESPNU. The integrated offending skill in between the 2 groups will make it a must-watch video game.

All stats and group records for the 2021-22 season are existing through Nov. 23, 2021.

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