Hawks Still in Hunt for '11 Florida FW

With national letter of intent signing day coming Nov. 10, college basketball players from around the country are finishing up their recruitment of they haven't done so already. Montverde Academy F Steve Moundou-Missi will take what is believed to be his final official visit this weekend. He's already seen Iowa and Harvard.

Iowa has a folder in the basketball office at Montverde Academy. Harvard has a folder at the the Florida high school. So does Brown.

These folders contain a wealth of information on each school's basketball program, from playing style to graduation rates to the environment of the town. They belong to Steve Moundou-Missi.

"I have all of my recruited players do it," Montverde Coach Kevin Sutton. "They keep records of conversations with coaches. This way, they and their families make an educated decision and can make the best choice for them. It's not based on a school wearing red, white or blue or because they wear Nike or Adidas.

"He has all of the statistics. Half of the kids don't even read the stuff like graduation rates."

The Iowa and Harvard folders are more full than is the one for Brown. Why? Moundou-Missi has information from the first two schools following official visits. He'll officially visit Brown this coming weekend.

"We're going to sit down after he visits Brown and see where he stands," Sutton said. "He'll sign during the early period. All three schools have done a tremendous job of recruiting him."

Sutton knows about sending players to college basketball programs. Moundou-Missi knows how top play with guys capable of succeeding on that level.

Montverde Academy finished last season fifth nationally at 25-5. The school sent James Bell (Villanova), Jamail Jones (Marquette) and Haukur Palsson (Maryland) to prominent programs after the campaign.

"Steve is a high major player," Sutton said. "He's a tremendous young man who's grown as a player. He can face up and hit the jumper, he has a nice midrange game and he can post up. He's the leading candidate for our county and conference player of the year awards."

Moundou-Missi moved to the United States from his native Cameroon three years ago. Sutton said he's not been focused on playing in the Big Ten for Iowa or the Ivy League with Harvard or Brown.

"He's a student-athlete," Sutton said. "He's talented enough to play in the Big Ten with Iowa and he's smart enough to attend the No. 1 university in the world (Harvard). That's impressive."

Harvard landed center Ugo Okam from Montverde in the last recruiting class. The Crimson impressed Moundou-Missi on his recent visit.

"It was a tremendous trip for Steve," Sutton said. "Coach (Tommy) Amaker and his staff started recruiting him last year and they've built a great relationship. He got time with Coach Amaker one on one. He got a look at Boston and Cambridge from the perspective of as student. On these visits, they take you to these great steakhouses that you'll never see again when you get there."

Moundou-Missi has been impressed with Iowa as well. Assistant Kirk Speraw has run the point for the Hawkeyes.

"He liked what Iowa had to offer," Sutton said. "He's looking forward to the Brown visit to see what they have to offer."

Sutton said that Moundou-Missi will be studying engineering in college. He comes into his final prep season off a junior campaign that saw him average about 12 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 64 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line.

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