IUWBB: Hoosiers land five-star Penn

Indiana has landed five-star prospect Jaelynn Penn, according to multiple sources.

Penn, a 5-foot-10 guard from Butler High School in Louisville, Ky., visited the Hoosiers this weekend. She is ranked as the No. 39 prospect in the country for 2017 by ESPN.

“Our baby is an IN Hoosier,” Lana Penn, Jaelynn’s mother, tweeted Sunday, along with a picture of Jaelynn wearing IU basketball gear.

This is a huge get for IU and head coach Teri Moren. In recent months, the Hoosiers have missed on high-profile in-state┬árecruits, including ’16 wing Lindsey Corsaro (UCLA) and ’17 guard Dana Evans (Louisville). Corsaro had IU among her final three schools after decommitting from Kentucky, and IU failed to make the final three for Evans.

Penn, on the other hand, decommitted from Dayton in September after the resignation of head coach Jim Jabir. She was considering IU and South Carolina.

After averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season for Butler, Penn is considered one of the favorites to win Miss Basketball in Kentucky in 2017.


  1. Amazing work by Coach Moren and staff (past and present). Congrats on the massive boost. Can’t wait for IUWBB this season anyway, hopefully the student base and Bloomington faithful will recognize how good the women’s team are and can be. Fill those stands!!!

  2. As I stated in a post on Friday morning when I learned Penn was coming on a visit, this is so huge for IU women’s basketball! This commit should open roads to other high profile high school players to take a visit to our campus and see what we are all about. 5 star recruits in the past have not even given us a look at all. Hopefully this will become more frequent as time moves on and our program continues to improve each year. As high profile players around the country see that a player of Penn’s caliber is coming our way, they can’t help but take notice that something special is happening in Bloomington as far as women’s basketball is concerned! Success breeds success and this is so true for our women’s team. After last year’s terrific season with a 4th place finish in the Big 10’s regular season and appearance in the “Big Dance”, what could be coming next for our ladies? Well, during the off season we get a post graduate transfer from Dayton, Amber Dean who is a tremendous player that will be “Huge” for us this year. Those who have never seen her play are really going to be greatly impressed by her ability and athleticism! She is going to help us in so many area’s that are crucial to a team’s success. She is a great athlete and a terrific defensive influence and a player who can score in many ways. Why would she come to IU when she could have went anywhere? Obviously last year’s success and the opportunity to add to a team that is building success that will become a consistent winner in a major conference was a huge draw. This is what T. Moren is building here at IU, her ability to put a winning product on the court and to recruit at a high level will keep us in play in the Big 10 and hopefully nationally. Those that continue to criticize coach Moren need to take a hard look at the success this team has had and the recruits that she is bringing in. Her record speaks for it’s self! Go Hoosiers!

  3. This is terrific news! Coach Moren and her excellent staff are building a long term, top 16 program, that may hang a banner, if U Conn ever becomes normally great!

  4. Wow, what an amazing get especially when teams like South Carolina were on the trail for trying to attract Penn. So what was the clincher that she decided to come to IU, was it the inside track that some of Morens staff have to her. She ruled out Ky and Louisville before picking IU. So hopefully Penn and Warthen will both sign with IU. By getting the high octane guards like that can make the premier 5 star bigs take a deeper look at IU that never would before. Moren and her staff have IU on the right road. Lets hope we can make a good showing on the national games with Ohio state and Maryland. OK hoosier nation its time to back our ladies and fill Assembly Hall and be loud and proud for our women- Hoosier Pride!

  5. When T. Moren was first hired @ IU I remember Indiana State men’s basketball coach saying IU does not realize what they got as a complimentary response to how good a coach she is.

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