KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County basketball star Taryn Scheuermann will be a Panther in college. The Warrior senior signed her letter of intent to attend and play basketball at the University of Northern Iowa on Tuesday.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Scheuermann, who spoke with The Union after appearing at the state volleyball tournament. “It’s very humbling that I’m going to be surrounded by awesome, amazing players. They’re going to get me better for sure, I know that.”
Scheuermann says she looked around at other schools but there was nowhere that compared to UNI.
“UNI all the way,” she said. “There were a couple (others), but they had the greatest impact on me, personally. I felt the connection that I didn’t feel anywhere else. I love the whole coaching staff, and they have a great family atmosphere.”
Scheuermann is getting set to lead the fifth-ranked Warriors into what Van Buren hopes to be a state tournament appearance. She had a fantastic year for the Warriors in 2018-19, scoring 19.6 points per game, pulling down 214 rebounds and blocking an incredible 181 shots, which was by far the most in the state of Iowa. As a team, Van Buren went 21-3 and made it all the way to the Class 2A regional finals.
Scheuermann will be joining a UNI team that has shot out to a 4-0 record this year, including a 22-point shelling of Iowa last Sunday. In 2018-19, the Panthers went 20-13 overall and 12-6 in conference play. They made an appearance in the women’s NIT after getting knocked out of the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals by Missouri State.
“I really like it because I’m a post, and they play with a post,” says Scheuermann. “A lot of teams don’t do that anymore. They’re getting rid of it, and I believe that’s a crucial part of the game.”
Scheuermann and the Warriors will tip off the 2019-20 season on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when they host WACO.