Junior Opts For Big Ten Program

One of the top juniors from the state of Indiana is staying in Big Ten country. After a weekend unofficial visit, Dairese Gary of Elkhart (Ind.) Concord Community ended his recruitment.

The Iowa Hawkeyes, no strangers to taking early verbal commitments, have struck again with an underclassman. Steve Alford's Hawkeyes received the good word from one of the state of Indiana's top prospects in the 2007 class. Dairese Gary, a 6-foot-1 combo guard who averaged 13 points as a sophomore at Concord Community popped Saturday night.

"It was the connection that me and the coaching staff have; it's just comfortable being around them," Gary told Scout.com. "I knew that was the place I wanted to go. I feel like they're trustworthy and they're truthful to me and I think they're going to bring the best out of me."

For Gary, being comfortable with a staff was huge. It was the primary reason he was able to reach a decision so early. "They told me that they were waiting for me. I just liked them so much because they're a special kind of group. They push you and tell you you're wrong. They don't candy coat anything and tell you to get straight."

Iowa began recruiting Gary as a freshman shortly after they spotted him with Indiana Elite at an AAU event. He then attended the Hawkeyes elite camp and the love affair continued.

"I was looking at other schools but Iowa was probably the first on my list out of any school that I was looking at." Bradley and Western Michigan stepped up and offered. However, interest was beginning to mount from Notre Dame, Purdue, Michigan State, Illinois and Xavier.

Having committed so early to the Hawkeyes, Gary will be able to contribute even before he arrives in the fall of 2007. His Indiana Elite team is likely to feature players like Eric Gordon, E'Twaun Moore and Bryan Bouchie and getting a few of them to Iowa City would seem like the right thing to do.

"I'll probably go after some of the dudes on my AAU team. We like playing with each other and I'd like for them to come play with me."

Iowa probably wouldn't mind either.

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