Caitlin Clark and Stephen A. Smith will join former ESPN executive Mark Shapiro for an event on Friday as part of Iowa’s homecoming weekend.

Clark, who will begin her final season in Hawkeye colors in a matter of weeks, along with Smith and Shapiro, will participate in “Beyond the Game,” set for 7:30 p.m. CT right in front of the Old Capitol Building in Iowa City.

Clark, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, helped lead the Hawkeyes to the national championship game this past spring. She was the nation’s 2nd-leading scorer with 27.8 points per game and has broken a host of school and NCAA records during her time with the program.


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On ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, Smith said that Clark is the player he is anticipating watching the most this basketball season, comparing her to the NBA’s premier sharpshooter.

“In the end, I’m just a Caitlin Clark fan. I think she is the Steph Curry of women’s college basketball. She is a spectacular sniper, make no mistake about it,” he said.

Smith will reunite with Shapiro, his former boss at ESPN, on Friday. Shapiro, who graduated from Iowa in 1992, is now the president and COO of sports media agency Endeavor.