Darrell Bowie already has collected some nice scholarship offers. The Class of 2012 small forward from Milwaukee has now turned his focus to expanding that list.
"Things are really starting to pick up, especially since last summer," Darrell's father Sam Bowie said. "We're starting to hear a lot more from high majors. He's blessed."
Iowa is among the BCS conference schools in regular contact with the Bowies. Wake Forest, Tennessee, Minnesota and Stanford are the others. He holds scholarship offers from Green Bay, Dayton, Northern Illinois and Cal-Poly.
"(Iowa Assistant Andrew) Francis calls us once and month and Darrell (6-6, 200) connects with him on Facebook," said Sam, who is not the former Kentucky star chosen by Portland ahead of Michael Jordan. "He tells me they're really interested in him as a three man in their system. I'd say there is high interest from Iowa."
Sam, who along with his wife is guiding Darrell through recruiting, watches game film of prospective schools with his son.
"We saw the Purdue game against Iowa and really feel like Darrell fits into that system," Sam said. "They do a lot of trapping and get up and down the floor. They run a Kentucky like offense where they have four out and flex.
"They tell us they got a shooter coming in this year to open things up, too. I like that the coach gives the players some leeway to make mistakes but still has control of the team."
Sam said his son has improved his outside shot to prevent defenses from playing off on him to take away his strength of slashing to the basket. That's opened the eyes of the high majors, he said.
'"We talk to Stanford a lot," Sam said. "They can't offer until the end of his junior (school) year, which is next week. Tennessee is in there. Minnesota is relentlessly calling the school and we are in regular contact with Wake Forest and Coach Jeff Bzdelik.
"I would sat that Iowa, Wake Forest and Stanford are in the most consistent contact."
Sam said that Marquette Associate Head Coach Tony Benford has asked Darrell to come work out with the team this summer.
"Most (high-major) coaches say they want to see Darrell in July (during the evaluation period)," Sam said. "His grades are on target. He's had a 3.4 GPA since he was a freshman.
"We'll see who acts first. Also, it's important for us to find the right style of play for him."
Darrell hopes to study business in college, Sam said. They already are familiar with Tippie at Iowa.
"I talk to Coach Francis for hours about a lot of things," Sam said. "He's doing a good job. I haven't asked him when they are going to offer, we're just waiting for the call. We'll take a look at the offers in the order we get them."