New Dayton recruit Ivy Wolf on why she picked UD: ‘It just felt like home’

Miami’s leading scorer likes vision of UD coaches heading into Williams-Jeter’s second season

Ivy Wolf had been on the University of Dayton campus before. She grew up 50 minutes away in Minster. She has friends at UD. Her dad James played football and baseball for the Flyers.

Wolf visited UD last weekend to get the perspective of a recruit. She explored her options after entering the transfer portal following two seasons with the Miami RedHawks.

“It was just nice to see the facilities more in depth,” Wolf said Wednesday. “I really had no intent of making a decision that quick. I wanted to actually line up some other visits, but I went there and loved the facilities and talked to some of the girls on the team and had really good conversations with them. Honestly, it just felt like home. You hear people say when you know you know, and I did. It was crazy, but I loved it right away.”

A 5-foot-8 sophomore guard who played for two state championship teams at Minster High School, Wolf announced her commitment Saturday during her visit. The recruiting process started earlier in the spring when Dayton coach Tamika Williams-Jeter and her staff reached out to her. Wolf decided she wanted to take a visit as soon as possible.

Wolf led Miami in scoring with 17.0 points per game. She averaged 3.8 assists and started all 31 games in the 2022-23 season. As a freshman, she ranked second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game.

Asked what kind of player Dayton is getting, she said, “I would say they’re getting a much more confident player. I would also say they’re getting a player that’s looking to have an impact beyond the basketball court. I think I have a really good opportunity to come to Dayton and impact my teammates. I also think my leadership qualities extend off the court as well. Then I think they’re just getting a hungry player. I’m really hungry to learn from Tamika and the other coaches. Obviously, she has an amazing resume.”

Wolf talked to a friend, Lauren Legate, of Valley View High School, who played for Williams-Jeter at Wittenberg in the 2021-22 season.

“It’s been kind of nice to hear from the perspective of someone that’s been coached by her and a perspective that you trust,” Wolf said. “Lauren doesn’t have one bad thing to say about her.”

Wolf also had an extensive conversation with Williams-Jeter, and she said basketball may not have even come up once.

“She just touched on a lot of different areas,” Wolf said. “She’s a mother. She’s a wife. All of that. So I think that just brings a lot of perspective to her coaching style, and she’s able to connect with people and know how to push them and get the best out of them.”

Wolf said it was one of the toughest decisions of her life to enter the transfer portal.

“I took a lot of time off to reflect and just really weighed all my options,” Wolf said. “It was so hard because Miami did so much for me. I built great relationships. My coaches really worked for me. So it was a tough decision.”

Wolf leaves a Miami team that finished 8-21 and 12-19 in her two seasons and joins a Dayton program that was 7-21 in coach Tamika Williams-Jeter’s first season.

“(Dayton) had some injuries,” Wolf said. “They had had some adversity last year for sure.”

Wolf joins a 2023 recruiting class that includes four freshmen, one of whom, Riley Rismiller, a 6-4 senior center at Coldwater High School, played against Wolf in high school.

“I’m excited about it,” Wolf said. “I’ve talked with (the coaches) about their vision and how they’re going to get to there.”

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