After a less-than stellar weekend on the recruiting trail, the Iowa men's basketball team is hoping the coming days prove more fruitful.
It seems real likely that Iowa will welcome in JUCO combo guard Matt Glover for an official visit later this week.
"I talked to Coach (Andrew) Francis (Sunday) night," the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Sheridan (WY) College said. "I'm 90 percent sure I'm going to take that trip on Thursday. I want to check it out."
"Iowa has not offered, yet," Glover said. "We talked about it (Sunday) and it seems like they're on the verge. They told me that they don't want to bring me out there on the official visit unless I have an offer."
"(Sheridan) Coach (Steve) Smiley told me not to commit on my Nebraska visit because UCLA called and they're interested," Glover said. "They lost a couple of guards to the NBA."
The new Oklahoma staff was recruiting Glover while at UNLV. They called Glover at the end of last week and expressed interest in him visiting.
"Right now, I'm still taking it week to week," Glover said. "I could use all five visits. I don't know yet. It's Iowa for right now. We'll see after Iowa."
Glover made a point of saying his visit to Iowa is not a result of him disliking what he saw in Lincoln.
"I'm going to Iowa to compare it to Nebraska," he said. "They're both high major programs and play in the same conference."
Glover said his visit to Nebraska differed quite a lot from the trip to Utah State.
"It was just a different level all together (at Nebraska)," Glover said. "The competitiveness when I was playing with those guys was just so much more intense. They were even intense when we were playing video games. They wanted to win. I liked that.
"As far as basketball, you don't see many flaws in their games. It's not like you can just break them down one-on-one. You have to work and play as a team."
Glover spent some quality time with Huskers coach Doc Sadler.
"He's a great guy," Glover said. "He's kind of laid back but he doesn't BS you. You can tell he and the players really believe in what they're doing there and that they're going to get it done."
Glover averaged 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Sheridan last season. He said he can play either guard spot at the next level. He'll have three years of eligibility at the DI level.
For more background on Glover, please read the previous story I wrote about him on April 3.
Iowa missed out on a couple of point guard of interest over the weekend. Cedar Rapids Washington's Wes Washpun chose Tennessee ahead of the Hawkeyes. Southern Idaho JUCO Pierre Jackson verbally committed to Baylor.