Andre Iguodala to seek release

Andre Iguodala, a 6-5 wing from Springfield (Lamphier), Ill., signed a Letter of Intent to play for the University of Arkansas last fall. Before choosing Arkansas, Igodala also considered Boston College, Maryland, Kansas and Arizona. According to Iguodala's stepfather, the decision was not an easy one and Arizona might be a consideration again if Iguodala can gain his release.

I spoke with I Iguodala's stepfather, Leonard Shanklin.

"Andre signed with Arkansas because Nolan (Richardson) was the head coach," Shanklin said. "Let's be serious, when we looked at the different schools, education was the first priority. But basketball is going to be a big part of Andre's life. That's all changed, so why wouldn't Andre want out?"

Iguodala wants out, and the University of Arkansas would be creating a public relations nightmare by prolonging the process and not releasing Iguodala from his LOI. When that happens, I would expect Arizona to once again be a strong consideration.

"We have nothing but the utmost respect for Lute Olson and the way he runs his basketball program," Shanklin said. "When we went to Tucson for Andre's campus visit, we were really impressed with Arizona. (The decision to commit to Arkansas) really came down to the distance away from home. Arkansas was closer."

Shanklin went on to say that the family would not initiate any action to gain Iguodala's release until the Illinois State championship playoffs are complete. Lamphier (27-1) is one of the favorites to the win the championship and will play Springfield Lincoln Tuesday night in a semifinal sectional game. The winners of the sectionals go to the state finals.

"I think the tournament ends around the 15th or 16th of March," Shanklin said.

Iguodala averaged 23 points and eight rebounds during the regular season, but he did not make the McDonald's All-America team. Three other Illinois players were selected – Sean Dockery (Duke), Michael Thompson (Duke) and Dee Brown (Illinois) – and many consider Iguodala the best player in the state.

Maybe it's the Duke thing again!


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