The recruitment process can create stress for even the most strong-minded prospects. Brady Ernst says bring it on.
"I'm just going to sit back and enjoy it," he said. "It's a real exciting time and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The Class of 2015 forward from Clinton (Iowa) High and the Iowa Barnstormers can take comfort in his scholarship offers from Northern Iowa, San Diego and South Dakota. He'll see where things go with schools evaluating him, like Iowa, Stanford, Drake, Loyola-Chicago and Lehigh.
Ernst visited Iowa on Thursday.
"It was a lot of fun," the 6-foot-8, 200-pounder said. "We went up and watched practice. That was really fun just watching how hard they work and seeing what it takes to get to that level; to compete at that level."
The Hawkeye staff showed Ernst the program's facilities, which impressed him. He also received one-on-one time with Head Coach Fran McCaffery.
"He was just telling me that he likes the way that I play," Ernst said. "He said that he was really impressed with my play and that I fit well in the Iowa offense and the program. He told me to keep working and good things will come."
Ernst, who is considering majors in business and accounting, can see himself at Iowa.
"I feel like I fit well because they want to get out and run and I'm a big that is pretty athletic and like to run and play in the open floor," he said.
Ernst is scheduled to visit Northern Iowa again next week. He also wants to stop at Loyola. Much of his attention now is focused on his junior season at Clinton, however.
"I feel very confident that we can compete with any team in the state," Ernst said. "Hopefully we can finish in the Top 3 in the conference and make a run in the playoffs."
Ernst gets into the gym whenever he can to hone his game for the upcoming campaign.
"I'm looking to improve my quickness and my conditioning because I'm not going to get very many breaks," he said. "I want to continue to work on my shooting and my low-post moves and my defense."
As far as recruiting goes, Ernst will take things slowly.
" I think I'm going to try to make the decision before my senior year, maybe after next year's AAU season," he said.