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Kyle Rechlicz has had her eyes on Bre Cera, one of the state's most recent prized basketball recruits, for some time.

"When I first arrived here five years ago, she was the player I wanted in Panther black and gold," Rechlicz, the head women's basketball coach at Milwaukee, said in a statement on mkepanthers.com. 

She has her now.

Cera, the former Mukwonago All-State basketball player who led the Indians to two state runner-up finishes during her prep career (2013-2016) and three trips overall to the state tournament, is transferring from Iowa after one season to play for Rechlicz and the Milwaukee Panthers women's basketball team.

"We have taken a huge leap this week in signing a local star, Bre Cera, to Milwaukee," said Rechlicz, who made the announcement on Friday, June 16. 

"Fortunately, things have come full circle and we, as a staff, are going to get the opportunity to build her into the player she has dreamed of becoming." 

Cera will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. She will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2018-19 season.  

She started 18 games as a freshman for an Iowa Hawkeyes team that won three games in the postseason WNIT. 

Cera is Mukwonago's all-time leading scorer and as a senior, the 5-foot-10 guard was a finalist for the 2016 Wisconsin Miss Basketball Award. 

Cera originally committed to Wisconsin-Green Bay before she played her first high school game. But she reopened her recruitment and ultimately chose Iowa before her junior season in 2014.

She played in 31 games as a freshman at Iowa, averaging 2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 16.1 minutes. 

But according to an article from the Des Moines Register, playing time was limited as the season unfolded and likely would have been again for Cera at Iowa next season.

She was granted her release on Tuesday, June 13. 

So after one year as a Hawkeye, Cera is now a Panther. 

"Her and her family's kindness, while also being competitive, fit our program culture, and her ability to score in a variety of ways fits our system," Rechlicz said. "I look forward to watching her grow the next four years both on and off the court." 

 

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