Bledsoe Planning Iowa Visit

Jacobby Bledsoe heads into the July evaluation period like many of his peers - trying to show high major programs that he can help them. The 2012 point guard from Indiana is planning visits to Iowa, Michigan State and others to take the next step in what he hopes becomes scholarship offers.

Jacobby Bledsoe knows the July evaluation period brings pressure. The 2012 Indiana point guard welcomes the challenge.

"It's my last chance to woo the high-major coaches," the 5-foot-9 1/2, 160-pound floor general said. "I need to show them that I can play at that level. They want to see that I can lead a team, distribute the ball, score but not shoot too much and show I can do everything a point guard should be able to do. It's the little things that are important."

Bledsoe already holds a nice collection of offers, which includes Oregon State, Colorado State, Eastern Michigan, Western Kentucky, Drake and Creighton. Tennessee, Michigan State and Iowa are among the BCS schools staying in consistent contact with him, he said.

"I just got off the phone with Tennessee," Bledsoe said on Monday. "I talked to (Michigan State) Coach (Tom) Izzo recently and he wants me to come on a visit and talk. Iowa has been coming in hard and said they're going to be watching in July.

"Things are a little hectic right now, but more colleges are coming in. That's good."

Bledsoe said Iowa contacted his father a few weeks ago. They wanted them to come out for a campus visit.

"We're trying to set that up," Bledsoe said. "I think we'll get out there. I've just been really busy and we're trying to find a time."

Sean Bledsoe, Jacobby's father, played his college ball for the University of Indianapolis. He served as an assistant coach at Cleveland State and Bowling Green. He's moved on to run an elite basketball training academy and coach the D3 Heat AAU team on which his son plays.

At 5-9, 160, some scouts question the young Bledsoe's ability to hold up physically at the BCS level.

"Yeah, that's one of the challenges I've had to deal with," he said. "I think I answer those questions when they see me play. I get rebounds and get into the paint pretty easily. It's really something I've worked hard on to answer those questions."

Bledsoe said that he likes what Western Kentucky has shown him.

"They've done a great job," he said. "I visited there and they treated me real well. They stand out a lot right now."

Bledsoe said that the only visits he plans to take to this point will be to Michigan State and Iowa.

"Other than that, we'll see what happens in July," he said.


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