IUWBB: Walter no longer headed to Northern Kentucky

Former Indiana guard Jess Walter is no longer headed to Northern Kentucky following the departure of head coach Dawn Plitzuweit.

The University of South Dakota announced today it had hired Plitzuweit, who was formerly an assistant at Michigan. One of the top reasons Walter chose Northern Kentucky was because Plitzuweit had recruited her out of high school in Midland, Mich.

“I wanted to announced that I am reopening my recruitment once again, due to Coach Dawn accepting a position elsewhere,” Walter posted on Twitter. “Thank you to Coach Dawn and the staff at NKU for the opportunity. I am still very excited about what the future holds, and I know God has a plan for me through this season of change.”

The day after IU was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, Walter announced her intent to transfer. She averaged 2.8 points in 16.4 minutes per game in 2015-16, struggling early in the season after suffering a concussion in practice.

Walter is the second recruit from the class of 2014 to leave the program. Six-foot wing Maura Muensterman transferred to Belmont after last season.

D’Andra Walter, Jess’s mother, said more than 30 schools expressed interest in the sophomore guard when she expressed her intent to transfer. According to the Midland Daily News, Walter’s list of interested schools included Pennsylvania, Memphis, DePaul, Texas Christian, and Florida Gulf Coast.


  1. DePaul could be the place for Jess? Coach Doug Bruno’s style of play could be just the ticket for her. If Jess can get her shooting touch back, she would fit right in to DePaul’s emphasis on 3 point shooting. Every year they shoot as many 3 point shots as almost any team in the country. DePaul is normally a top 25 team in the country every year and always finishes high in the Big East. DePaul finished with over 20 wins for the 24th time this year and for the 9th straight season. They are one of 6 schools that have played in the last 14 NCAA Tournaments. Another positive about DePaul is that it would be a little closer to Jess’s home.
    Just wondering if coach Plitzuweit has talked to her about going to South Dakota?

  2. Yes Depaul could be a good one for her, or even better syracuse , its bombs away there although dont know if they have an interest or if she would want to go that far.

  3. I hope she places her education first over her playing basketball. Jess was in the I U pKelly School of Business and her basketball career will be two years opposed to the rest of life for education.

  4. Transfer of players are at a lot of places. Not just IU. However, I agree it is a little ridiculous meaning in a lot of places. In this particular situation (Knowing the importance of playing and bb is a great big part of her life) unless she was almost forced out which could be perceived in a couple different ways….why not stay, compete, enjoy the college experience @IU and take advantage of the Kelly School of Business plus be apart of an improved program.

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