Iowa WBB Inks 4 Prep Standouts

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Logan Cook, Monika Czinano, Kate Martin, and Tomi Taiwo have inked National Letters of Intent to play basketball at the University of Iowa, UI head coach Lisa Bluder announced on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to welcome these four exceptional young ladies to our program,” said Bluder. “We feel that we met our needs by signing an off-guard, small forward, power forward, and center. They are not only tremendous basketball players, but incredible students as well. All four come from terrific high school programs with winning traditions. I like the championship mentality they all will bring to our program.”

Logan Cook  | 6-1 | Forward
Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City West
The Cook File:

  • Attends Iowa City West High school where she is coached by BJ Mayer
  • Two-time all-conference honoree (2016, 2017)
  • Named first team all-state (Class 5A) and first team all-tournament as a junior in 2017
  • Three-year varsity letterwinner
  • Started all 25 games as a junior, leading the Women of Troy with 15 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game as a junior
  • Started all 23 games and averaged nine points, six rebounds, and 1.1 assists as a sophomore
  • Played in all 25 games as a freshmen, averaging 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds
  • Guided Iowa City West to a pair of Class 5A State Semifinal appearances
  • Led the Women of Troy to a 2017 Regional Championship
  • Played for the Iowa Barnstormers under head coach Todd Rogers for two years


  • Daughter of Marv and Tracy Cook
  • Father, Marv, played tight end at the University of Iowa and went on to play seven years in the National Football League
  • Brother, Drew, is a redshirt sophomore tight end for the Iowa football team
  • Member of the National Honor Society

Monika Czinano | 6-3 | Forward/Center
Watertown, Minn.
The Czinano File:

  • Attends Watertown-Mayer High School where she is coached by John Rosholt
  • Two-time all-conference honoree (2016, 2017)
  • All-section selection by Breakdown Sports Media in 2017
  • Two-time Watertown-Mayer Most Improved Player (2016, 2017)
  • 2017 Watertown-Mayer Team Captain
  • Averaged 8.7 points, 12.6 rebounds (4.8 offensive, 7.7 defensive), 1.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior
  • Averaged 7.3 points, 11.5 rebounds (5.3 offensive, 6.2 defensive), and 1.1 blocks per game as a sophomore
  • Led Watertown-Mayer to a third-place finish in the 2017 state tournament
  • Guided her high school team to back-to-back Wright County West Championships (2016, 2017)
  • Plays for the Minnesota Fury under head coach Tim Pepper
  • Four-year letterwinner in swimming, three-year letterwinner in track, and 2017 letterwinner in volleyball.
  • State qualifier in basketball, track, and volleyball


  • Daughter of Theresa and Gyula Czinano
  • Has two sisters, Maggie (14) and Mallory (11)
  • Member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Theater, and Band

Kate Martin | 6-0 | Guard
Edwardsville, Ill.
The Martin File:

  • Attends Edwardsville High School where she is coached by Lori Blade
  • Second team all-state selection in 2017
  • 2017 all-metro honoree
  • Three-year starter
  • Averaged 12.9 points and 5.2 rebounds as a junior
  • Surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone in 2017
  • Led Edwardsville to a 30-1 record and a state runner-up finish in 2017
  • Guided her high school to a 2016 Southwestern Conference Championship
  • Played for Blue Star St. Louis under the direction of Kris Lovette for two years


  • Daughter of Matthew and Jill Martin
  • Has two siblings, Kennedy (22) and Trevor (19)
  • Sister, Kennedy, is a senior forward at Truman State
  • Aunt, Julie Fitzpatrick, played basketball at Drake
  • Dad, Mattew, and uncle, Mitch Martin, played football at Western Illinois
  • Uncle, Mike Martin played basketball at Parkland and Pitt State

Tomi Taiwo | 5-10 | Guard
Carmel, Ind.
The Taiwo File:

  • Attends Carmel High School where she is coached by Tod Windlan
  • Honorable mention AP All-State selection in 2017
  • One of 13 girls basketball players listed on the IndyStar All-MIC team (2017)
  • Started all 27 games in 2017, averaging 14 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game
  • Set a Carmel High School record for 3-pointers made in a season with 65 in 2017
  • Guided three different teams to a sectional championship, including Roseville Area High School (Roseville, Minnesota) in 2015, Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, Indiana) in 2016, and Carmel High School in 2017
  • Played for Michigan Crossover Girls EYBL under the direction of Emez Oliver in 2017
  • Led the EYBL in free throw percentage (92.0)
  • Varsity letterwinner in basketball, track, and tennis
  • Qualified for state in the 4X200 meter relay as a freshman
  • Sectional champion in singles tennis in 2015


  • Daughter of Bola and Omobola Taiwo
  • Has one brother, Seyi
  • Recipient of the Carmel High School Scholar Athlete Award for maintaining a GPA over 3.7 (2016-17)
  • Homestead High School Physical Education Academic Award (2015-16)
  • Academic Award recipient at Roseville Area High School for maintaining a GPA above 3.5 (2014-15)