Caitlin Clark doesn’t know what the future holds.
The Iowa star remains undecided on whether she will use her fifth year of NCAA eligibility next season or leave for the WNBA. Clark enters her senior season with the Hawkeyes as one of the top prospects for the 2024 WNBA Draft.
“I’m going to trust my gut and go with that,” she said Wednesday, noting that she is still going to “treat this year like this is my last year.” But she has not made up her mind.
“It’s really not something I think about every single day,” Clark said. “It’s not something I let weigh on me. I’m focused on helping this team be the best team they can be, and when I know that decision, all of you will know. I think the biggest thing will be I’m just going to trust my gut and go with that.”
Back in February, Clark also would not to rule out staying for a fifth year at Iowa.
“I just love this place,” Clark said of her school. “I love getting to play in front of a sold-out crowd every single night. I love college basketball. I don’t know. It would be hard to leave.”
This year’s draft could be stacked with talent, including UConn’s Paige Bueckers and LSU’s Angel Reese, but Clark still stands out as a clear lottery pick – if not the No. 1 overall pick in the class. But all of them could opt to return for a fifth season due to the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been hard for a lot of college athletes to decide what to do, just because there are pros to staying in college but also your dream of reaching the next level is right there,” Clark said in February.