CHICAGO — Iowa guard Jaime Printy can score. Now she wants to prove she can lead.
The 5-foot-11 junior was tabbed to the preseason all-Big Ten women's basketball team by both the media and coaches. Printy, a Linn-Mar graduate, admits it's a sign of respect by both groups for her on-court game.
"It's a great honor to be on that list and definitely a confidence booster," she said. "I do spend a lot of time in the gym, and it's definitely paying off. There's always room for improvement to just keep getting better."
Printy was a honorable mention All-American last year. She became the youngest player in Iowa history to score 1,000 points and led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 16.8 points a game. At one point last season she hit nine consecutive 3-pointers. She also sank 32 straight free throws, one off the school mark.
"Jaime has proved herself already on the offensive end. Everybody knows she's an incredible 3-point threat," Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. "But she's more than that on the offensive end because she's proven that she can get to the rim, she can accept contact and still convert the basket."
But Printy knows the team needs more from her than just points this season. The Hawkeyes lost all-everything guard Kachine Alexander, the only player in school history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 300 assists. Alexander was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year.
Printy hopes to replace Alexander as a leader but do it in a different way.
"We definitely lost a lot of leadership with Kach, who's a great leader on and off the court," Printy said. "She's definitely vocal, too. I'm not really the vocal type. I lead more by example. So it's definitely going to be a challenge, I'm up for it."
Bluder said Printy can improve in several areas this year.
"Jaime an continue to work on her leadership skills," Bluder said. "She can continue to work on her defense and rebounding. Those are all things that can make her a more complete player."I think she's already a pretty complete player on the offensive end. I'd like to see her finish that out, becoming a more conscious defensive player than she is right now."