Faith Wiseman joins the recruiting class of 2024

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Faith Wiseman has dreamed of playing basketball for Indiana University since she was 10 years old.

The Indian Creek junior grew up going to women’s and men’s games at Assembly Hall, proudly wearing the candy stripe pants. She remembers snapping a shot with guard Grace Berger — a fifth-year senior and one of the program’s most earning players — as a middle schooler, then getting to know her as a high schooler during camps and on-campus visits during the summer.

Wiseman won’t be playing alongside Berger, but after committing to IU this weekend, she’ll be wearing those red and white striped warm-ups and making her dream come true.

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“I got to know the coaches and the players over the past two months – they are so loving and they made me feel like part of the family,” said Wiseman, who has averaged 12. 2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocks last season. “Plus, they’re obviously very successful academically and athletically, which was a big part of it. I love the campus and the whole atmosphere (of the program)… It was the perfect fit for me. “

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A 6-4 wing and the fourth rookie of 2024 statewide (Prep Girls Hoops), his recruiting stock skyrocketed in May at the AAU’s first major tournament of the season. The coaches finally got to see Wiseman, who not only had just had a strong second season, but had also “grown into her body” and shown her development as a player.

After attracting little attention after her first season, Wiseman admits the sudden ‘explosion’ of her recruiting was ‘a little overwhelming’ at first, but once she was able to catch up and organize everything, the process has become much nicer.

In the end, Wiseman had collected 22 offers, a list including Butler, Purdue, Belmont, Dayton, Iowa, Maryland, Villanova and Wisconsin.

“I was in shock (at first), but it was so much fun,” said Wiseman, who set a school record with 24 rebounds in mid-November. “I’m so blessed with it all.”

Indian Creek Faith Wiseman (22) and Bishop Chatard Grace Felts (15) battle for possession during the IHSAA Women's Basketball Regional Final 7, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the McAnally Center in Greencastle, Ind.

With an older brother who moved at six o’clock to go to college – “I could see him going through it, all the driving he did and how much less he is able to visit” – Wiseman knew that she wanted to stay closer to home and planned her visits accordingly, making trips to Ball State, Butler, Dayton, Iowa and Purdue.

“My family is so supportive of me and they would obviously be in a lot more games if I was close,” she said. “I did the Iowa tour and they’re further out, so it was good to see the distance and explore other options, but ultimately I wanted to stay closer to home.”

Although she explored her options, Indiana was still at the top of Wiseman’s list. The Hoosiers were his favorite growing up, and having the chance to get to know the coaches and players further solidified his decision.

IU offered when Wiseman visited in July and a few months later she committed.

“It’s amazing (to be involved). It’s a lot of excitement and honestly a bit of a relief. I’m really excited about it,” said Wiseman, who also plays with the volleyball team. -ball. “It’s so much fun to be part of the Hoosier family now.”

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