Hawks Look North

The Iowa coaches have been pounding the pavement during the July evaluation period. One of the prospects they've seen and like a lot is small forward Jalyn Pennie from Ontario.

An independent basketball website reported on Saturday that 2012 small forward Jalyn Pennie had picked up an offer from Iowa.

Not yet, he said of the Hawkeyes.

"They told my coach that they like me a lot and are thinking about offering," Pennie said. "They are going to stay in touch and stay involved with me."

The Hawkeye staff is pursuing Pennie regularly despite not offering yet.

"They send me mail all the time, like every week," the 6-foot-7, 180-pounder said. "I haven't talked to them on the phone yet. They say in the letters that they like my athleticism and how hard I play."

Pennie, who hails from Ontario and plays prep basketball at Christian Faith Academy in North Carolina, reports scholarship offers from Fairfield, George Mason and Miami. Iowa and Washington State are two schools he feels are close to offering one.

"I'm not really in a hurry to commit," he said. "I feel like I can pick up from more interest and offers before signing day (in November). I could wait until the late signing period (in April) depending on what I'm hearing and what my family feels is best."

Pennie said he projects as a small forward in college but he could possibly play some four. He's working on his ball handling, 3-point shot and mid-range game.

"I like to attack the basket and finish at the rim," Pennie said. "I like to get my teammates open, too, and playing defense."

After the July evaluation period ends, Pennie would like to visit some schools to see what might be a good fit for him.

"I'm looking for a program that's a home away from home with a good atmosphere and good teammates," he said.

Pennie is looking to study communications in college. Maybe then he can open the basketball world's eyes to the players that come from his country.

"I think there's a lot of talent in Canada and sometimes it's overlooked a little bit," he said.

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