Iowa Takes Commitment From Sophomore

Since the arrival of Steve Alford (left), it seems like the Iowa Hawkeyes love taking commitments from underclassmen. Future Hawkeye Jeff Horner committed during his freshman season and now Iowa landed a sophomore from the state of Indiana.

Another Young Gun For Alford

One thing we know: Steve Alford isn't afraid of taking early commitments. After just one season of high school basketball, 6-5 sophomore swingman J.R. Angle committed to play for the Hawkeyes, per our sources.

Angle, one of the 50 best rising sophomores in the country according to FutureStars, averaged 24 points, 11 rebounds and banged 51% of his 3-point attempts during his rookie season of high school basketball. Apparently, Iowa was the only school he held a scholarship offer from at this point and he fell in love with the Hawkeyes on an unofficial visit in May and the rest is history.

Taking commitments from kids with multiple years of high school eligibility remaining is nothing new for Alford. He accepted a commitment from Jeff Horner when the fiery point guard was just a freshman. The Big Ten as a conference already has three sophomore commitments. Purdue has pledges from Robert Vaden and Desmond Gaddis, both from Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral.

Angle is from Trafalgar (IN) Indian Creek.

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