Iowa on Stokes' Radar

New York City's Shaq Stokes is searching for a college during the late signing period. The 2011 point guard reports offers from Iowa, TCU, UNLV and others.

Shaq Stokes waited for the late signing period to choose his college. And the New York City point guard has decided there's no need to rush now.

"There's really no hurry," Stokes said. "I'm just going to take my time. I'll probably start setting up visits at the end of January or the beginning of February."

The late-signing period runs from April 13-May 18.

Stokes reports offers from Iowa, Texas Christian, UNLV, Hofstra and Colorado State. He hails from Lincoln High in Brooklyn.

"I'm really looking for a school and a coaching staff that makes me feel comfortable," Stokes said. "I'd like to play in a fun atmosphere."

Stokes hopes to study education in college.

"I love an up-tempo game," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Stokes said. "I can shoot, pass, penetrate. My game is pretty well rounded."

Stokes said he really can't tell if one school is recruiting him harder than are the others.

"It seems like they're all about equal," he said. "I don't have a favorite or favorites, either. I just want to get to know the schools and coaches and see how it plays out."

Stokes said he's not influenced by conference but likes that Iowa (Big Ten) and TCU (heading to Big East) .

"It would happen in my sophomore year and that would be nice," Stokes said about the Horned Frogs joining the Big East. "It's definitely a factor, but it really is where I feel most comfortable."

Stokes is building his comfort level with Iowa.

"I like Iowa. I like Coach (Andrew) Francis and Coach (Fran) McCaffery," Stokes said. "I talk to Coach Francis on the phone. It's a great school and it's in the Big Ten Conference. You play against the best of the best every night and you get a great education."

Iowa freshman Melsahn Basabe hails from Glen Cove, N.Y.

"Me and Melsahn are real cool," Stokes said. "I played with him at a tournament in Queens last year."


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