Nike Camp Day Two: Ilinois star is rising

Arizona could be going back to Illinois for a recruit. Andre Iguodala from Springfield (Lanphier) has impressed many coaches and scouts with his athletic ability. The 6-5 wing has played very well at the camp and is moving up recruiting lists.

"He's very athletic," said high school teammate and fellow camper Richard McBride. "You can lob it up anywhere and he's going to get it. He's got a very nice jump shot. He can handle the rock good for a guy his height."

"I think my strengths are that I play real good defense," Iguodala said. "I hustle up and down the court. I can handle the ball. I can pass real good."

Iguodala is as shocked as anyone about his rising stock. He didn't expect much when he got to Indianapolis.

"When I first came here I thought I'd be at the bottom. That I wouldn't be too good, that I wouldn't be playing too much. When I got here and got into my game I noticed that I wasn't far from being one of the best players in the country. I didn't know I was that good."

Despite the success, he still isn't totally happy with his performance.

"My weakness is my outside shot," Iguodala said. "I've been working on it a lot this summer before the Nike camp. I haven't been hitting my three-point shot, but my mid-range shot has been okay."

Iguodala has been hearing quite a bit from Boston College, Missouri and Iowa. So far he hasn't heard from the Wildcat coaches, but he'd be all ears if they call.

"I have a lot of interest in Arizona. It's a long ways away but I have no problem with that. They have tradition. Lute Olson. I like it a lot. I hate cold weather, so I'll love Arizona."

Two main things are important the Illinois standout when it comes to choosing a school.

"Education. What my degree will be after I graduate. What my job will be if I don't go on to play ball. That and how soon will I play when I get there."

With all of the recent departures, he is well aware that there could be immediate playing time in a Wildcat uniform.

"They just had four guys leave, so that will open up a couple of spots and hopefully I can fill one of them."

Iguodala has a trio of people who will assist him in making his final choice of a school.

"My step-dad, my mother and Kevin Gamble. He's and old NBA player. He went to my high school and I shoot with him three days a week."


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