Staten Still Open

Wesley Staten has been a big name in Iowa prep basketball for years. Now the time for him to get serious about choosing a college, again, is rapidly approaching. The Sioux City Heelan guard talks with Hawkeye Insider about his recruitment.

Wesley Staten might only be a high school junior, but the Sioux City (IA) Heelan star has learned a lot about basketball recruiting in a short amount of time.

Staten verbally committed to Iowa State as a freshman only to open his recruitment back up last summer. The coach to which he committed, Greg McDermott, bolted Ames for Creighton.

"I'm taking my time right now," the 6-foot-1, 170-pound, Class of 2012 guard said. "I'm getting to know the schools and plan on taking visits to get to know the coaches and the players better. I don't have a favorite."

Staten reports scholarship offers from Iowa State and Final Four participant, VCU. Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida also are positioning themselves in his recruitment.

"I'm going to go down to VCU now that they're out of the tournament and I also want to get down to Gainesville soon," Staten said. "I want to see what the campuses and programs are about."

Staten said that Iowa State, Nebraska, VCU and Florida top his list of prospective schools right now, but he's keeping an open mind to everyone that is recruiting him. He also believes the programs that have not offered him a scholarship are close to pulling the trigger.

"They've said they just want to get me on campus first to talk and get to know me better," Staten said.

Staten visited Iowa during the season. He attended the game against Minnesota.

"I got to talk to Coach Fran (McCaffery) for quite a while," he said. "He also came to my game in Sioux City. I like him a lot. He told me he likes my game and they're staying in pretty consistent contact."

Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg also is building a relationship with Staten. The guard already has a bond with Cyclone Assistant T.J. Otzelberger, a holdover from the McDermott staff who's recruited him for some time.

"I keep in touch with those guys just about every day," Staten said. "I'm going to go down there later in April to play with some of their new recruits."

While it would appear Staten favors the Cyclones, he makes sure to deny that notion.

"I wouldn't go that far," he said. "I've just known that school and town longer than the others. I really like every school that is recruiting me.

"It's just going to come down to what feels right. I want a school with a good coach and a style that fits me. That's up-tempo. I want a coach that makes me better as a player and a person.'

Staten said that he'd like to make his college choice before the end of the summer. He doesn't want it to interfere with his senior year of high school.

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