Since Fran McCaffery took over as the Iowa coach in March, he's worked hard on building a relationship with Class of 2012 big man Adam Woodbury. The courtship continued on Saturday when the Sioux City product visited Iowa City.
Woodbury dropped in on the new Hawkeye coaches back in March. Since then, McCaffery and his assistants traveled to open gyms in Sioux City several times, including last week.
"They're just great guys to be around," the 6-foot-11, 220-pounder said. "It's been great getting to know them. They were at all my games this summer.
"I had a great time on the trip. I love going to Iowa and sitting in the press box. This time we got to meet Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. I got to talk to Reggie Evans."
Woodbury holds scholarships offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Drake, Nebraska, Creighton, Utah and Virginia, who came forward with its opportunity on Thursday while in Sioux City for an open gym. Kansas, Utah, Stanford, Northern Iowa, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt are among a group of schools expected in town to see him this week, Woodbury said.
"Right now, I'm wide open and taking it all in," Woodbury said of his recruitment. "I know guys get sick of it, by I'm enjoying it and trying to have fun. I haven't really come up with any type of list, but I think I'll probably have to narrow it down here before too long."
The previous Iowa coaching staff offered Woodbury a scholarship. McCaffery kept it out there when he took over the program.
"Iowa has been there with me from the start," Woodbury said. "The last staff did a great job of laying the groundwork. The new staff has picked it up and done a great job. I think Iowa will be in there with me."
Woodbury's father traveled with him to Iowa City for the weekend. He was seen in Carver-Hawkeye Arena wearing an Iowa T-Shirt and carrying a basketball he was getting autographed by the players.
"Yeah, I'd say he's an Iowa fan, to say the least," Woodbury said. "He loves coming down there for games."
Woodbury is impressed with the direction the Hawkeyes are headed with McCaffery and staff in charge.
"I'm just seeing a lot of progress," he said. "They new practice facility is really coming along and the coaches are really getting after it recruiting wise."