By: Aaron Morse 4/21/2023
**Edit: Lexi has decided to transfer to the University of North Carolina**
Maybe (probably) the best female basketball player to ever play in the Coulee Region decided to enter the very popular transfer portal.
Lexi Donarski drew interest from top schools all over the country during high school but none of it ever manifested into a real recruitment because she decided before high school that she would attend Iowa State. Now, she gets to go through that process for the first time after deciding Iowa State wasn’t the best for her future aspirations. Recently, Lexi joined ‘The Sports Lead’ and was asked about the experience:
Lexi had numerous amounts of success at Iowa State, both individually and as a team. In three seasons she started in all 95 of her appearances averaging over 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game. But, her biggest contribution at this point in her career as been on the defensive side. She became the first player in Cyclones history to be named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in the ’21-’22 season while also making the All-Defensive team in each of the last two seasons.
That’s on top of being named All-Big 12 (2022), All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2023), All Big 12 Tournament Team (2023), Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2021), Unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2021), and Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 (2023).
As a team, the Cyclones went 67-28 with Donarski, they won their first conference tournament since 2001 this past season, and made a Sweet 16 appearance in 2022.
So with all that success, why transfer?
A team that can help showcase her offensive abilities is a big factor in getting Lexi to the next level. Especially, if she is able to show that she’s a two-way player.
The last step now is figuring out where to play and a decision is coming soon:
Keep an eye out for that choice because it could certainly lead to a spot in the WNBA.