Carmel High School girls basketball team features 3 D-1 signees


The Carmel High School girls basketball team’s three Division I signees are, from left, Amy Dilk, Blake Smith and Tomi Taiwo. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

Carmel High School senior girls basketball player Tomi Taiwo’s comfort level rose after signing her national letter of intent to play for the University of Iowa in the 2018-19 season.

“A lot of pressure has been off. It’s like a burden off my shoulders,” Taiwo said. “I love that two of my teammates are experiencing this with me.”

Those senior teammates, point guard Amy Dilk and power forward Blake Smith, joined her at the school’s signing day ceremony Nov. 9 for seniors in several sports. Dilk signed with Michigan and Smith with Ball State, giving the Greyhounds three Division I signees.

Now, their focus is clear.

“Our goal is to win state (in Class 4A), so hopefully we get there,” Taiwo said.

Taiwo, a combo guard, committed to Iowa a month ago.

“I love the team, the coaches and the environment was really nice and friendly,” said Taiwo, who transferred to Carmel from Fort Wayne Homestead as a junior.

Dilk had been offered a scholarship by Michigan a year before she committed in July.

“It was just taking that time to grow as a player and see myself fit with their team,” Dilk said. “Then my official visit sealed the deal.”

Smith also committed in July.

“I went to two unofficial visits, and I loved them,” Smith said. “The kids were welcoming and super-duper nice and I felt I could be myself. The girls on the team were amazing. I talked to the coaches once a week and we talked about more than basketball. They got to know my family and about my friends and life.”

Two notable CHS signees in swimming were Drew Kibler (Texas) and Trude Rothrock (Tennessee). In tennis, Patrick Fletchall, who won his second state singles title this fall, signed with Indiana University and defending state singles winner Lauren Lemonds with Michigan State. All-State baseball player Jack Van Remortel signed with Michigan.

Van Remortel, who plays first and third base, committed more than two years ago.

“It’s nice to finally get it in ink,” Van Remortel said. “When I went up there for a visit, it felt like the right place. It’s a great baseball program. It felt like a place I wanted to be for four years.”


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