Fant Finishing Up Details for Iowa Official

Iowa basketball coaches are combing the country to fill scholarships in the Class of 2011. The Hawkeyes are involved with Kentucky Forward George Fant, who is tying things together for an official visit to Iowa City next month. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Fant to find out the latest on his recruitment.

George Fant knows why coaches and scouts view him as a power forward. That's where the Class of 2011 prospect spends most of his time on his All-Ohio Red AAU squad.

"I can definitely play the three," the self-reported 6-foot-6½, 248-pound Kentucky resident said. "We run with three guards that play with the four and the five. I play the four."

"I can put the ball on the floor and shoot the three."

Fant has scheduled official visits to Western Kentucky (Sept. 17), his hometown school, and Penn State (Sept. 24). He's tying together loose ends on an official visit to Iowa on Oct. 2 when the Hawkeyes play the Nittany Lions in football.

"Everything is not completely finished on the details, but I think it's going to happen," Fant said of the Iowa visit. "Iowa basically has offered me (a scholarship). They just want to see me and talk to me up there."

Penn State Coach Ed Dechellis dropped into Fant's house for an in-home visit on Thursday. The forward said it was the first coach he's had in his place and he didn't have any others set up.

"It was good to get to talk to him," Fant said of Dechellis. "I like him."

Fant preps at Warren Central High in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He reports offers from Western Kentucky, Penn State, Iowa and Georgia. He believes Alabama is close to offering.

"My coach really has done a lot of the talking for me recently," Fant said. "I'll be honest. I'm burned out from the phone calls and talking."

Fant plans on making a decision shortly after he wraps up his visits. He doesn't want it to drag into his senior season of high school ball.

"I want this to be a good year," he said. "I feel like I've gotten to the point where I can post smaller guys and go past bigger guys out in the floor. I'm real comfortable with the 15-footer."

Fant has a history with Iowa. Former Todd Lickliter assistant Lavall Jordan got involved with the Kentucky standout when he was a sophomore. Fran McCaffery and the new Hawkeye staff jumped in a few months ago, Fant said.

"The place I pick has to have a nice city and also really good academics," Fant said. "If I don't make it in basketball, I want to be able to get a good paying job in that city."

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