Southeast Polk’s Brooklin Dailey was getting ready to pledge her commitment to the Drake women’s basketball team Monday when Bulldogs coach Allison Pohlman told her to wait.
Pohlman called for her assistant coaching staff come into the office and form a human pyramid in front of Dailey.
“She goes, ‘Brooklin’s only going to be sure if you do a human pyramid and then she’ll say yes,’” Dailey recalled.
Pohlman’s staff, as requested, formed the human pyramid. And Dailey, just as Pohlman anticipated, committed to play basketball for the Drake women’s basketball team.
“I have no idea (why she did it),” Dailey said. “But, I thought it was hilarious.”
It’s a big addition for the Pohlman, a longtime assistant for the Bulldogs who is gearing up for her first season as the head coach at Drake. Dailey rates as one of the top young players in the state. Dailey, who will be a junior this upcoming season, was a budding star for the Rams.
She averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Dailey said she was already generating interest from a few schools, including Iowa, St. Thomas and Dakota. But she put a top to the entire recruiting process before it really heated up by committing to Drake. Dailey grew up watching Drake women’s basketball and became sold on the program after spending two days at their elite camp.
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“Everybody says that you’ll know the feeling when you feel it and I think it felt right and I just loved Drake and all the coaches and all the girls,” Dailey said.
One of the biggest selling points for Dailey was the plan Pohlman pitched to her. Dailey said Pohlman told her the two would focus on one thing to improve on every year. When they accomplished the feat, they’d move on to another.
“She just said that she wants me to improve very year and make sure that by the end of the year we’re cutting down nets,” Dailey said.
She’ll have help. Taedyn Gray, a center/power forward from Overland Park, Kansas also announced her commitment to Drake on Wednesday.
Tommy Birch, the Register’s sports enterprise and features reporter, has been working at the newspaper since 2008. He’s the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Reach him at email@example.com or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.
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