Brodhead's Mohns looking forward to being a Hawkeye
BRODHEAD When Carly Mohns tore the ACL in her left knee at the end of her sophomore basketball season, a bright future turned cloudy.
The Brodhead High standout had to trade in her high tops for a cumbersome leg brace that made taking a single step a difficult task. She spent more than a year in a grueling rehabilitation program to get the strength back in her knee before lacing up her sneakers and getting back on the court.
The hard work paid off.
Mohns, who will wrap up her junior year at Brodhead today, verbally committed to play Division I basketball at the University of Iowa starting with the 2014-15 season.
Although she had other offers, Mohns said the opportunity to play in the Big Ten at a school less than three hours from home made the decision an easy one.
"Once I made the visit and got to know the players and coaches, I knew that's where I wanted to go," Mohns said of Iowa and head coach Lisa Bluder. "I formed good relationships in a short time with a lot of people involved with the program.
"I know I have to continue working hard and improving my game, but it's nice to not have to worry about my college choice now."
Mohns, who said she is playing on a left knee that is at about 90 percent, turned heads at the USJN Windy City Classic in Chicago in April thanks to her impressive play with the Wisconsin Academy AAU U-17 team. After making her official campus visit to Iowa City, Mohns was offered the DI scholarship and accepted.
She chose Iowa over Division I state schools UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee, along with Drake, Illinois State and Bradley.
A 6-foot-1 forward, Mohns earned all-state first-team honors this past season from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. She was also the Rock Valley South Conference Player of the Year after averaging 14.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game for a Brodhead team that advanced to a Division 3 sectional title game.
Besides the ongoing rehab on her knee, Mohns continues to work hard on her overall game with the goal of playing right away as a freshman and not redshirting.
"I'm going to do whatever I can to try and get the opportunity to play as a freshman," Mohns said. "I think the biggest thing I have to work on right now is my outside shot, especially from the 3-point line and beyond. I know that I can work on all parts of my game, but that's the one area where I think I can improve the most.
"If I get the chance to play as a freshman, that will be great. But if I don't, I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team."