Posted On: 10/26/17 4:30 AM

U.U. Longs' first impression of corn country was pretty much the same as that of most city kids. The Minneapolis native hadn't set foot on campus at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), but the endless miles of farmland convinced her this was not where she wanted to play college basketball. "When I first drove here, I looked at my mom and I said, 'Ma, I'm not going to stay here, I am not going to come here,'" Longs recalled. "It was just different, coming from the city to like… nothing."

One year later, the Cooper High graduate is a NIACC sophomore who can't say enough good things about the two-year school in Mason City, where she has made so many friends, learned so much about herself, and laid the groundwork for bigger and better things. In fact, U.U. likes it so much that she has recruited younger sister T.T. to play for NIACC next year. Trojans' coach Todd Ciochetto could not be more pleased. "When U.U. walks into the room, everybody instantly becomes happy," he said. "She is a supreme athlete, who has become a really good student. She probably has the biggest heart for her teammates of anyone

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