Thurman Opening Eyes

Gavin Thurman was pleased with his recruitment coming into the summer. However, when a Big Ten school came in with a scholarship offer on Monday, the '12 Kansas product felt even better about his opportunities.

Gavin Thurman holds a nice group of scholarship offers. But it was the one he received on Monday that significantly impacted his recruitment.

"I would say that Iowa and Wichita State are my Top 2," the 2012 Kansas Forward said.

The Hawkeyes came forward with an offer to start this week. The 6-foot-7, 205-pounder liked what he heard from Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery.

"He gave me a lot of information about the school and what the Big Ten Conference was like," Thurman said. "He'd like for me to come there for a visit. I'll probably do that sometime this fall."

Thurman reports scholarship offers from home-town Wichita State, Nevada, Colorado State, Missouri State, Central Michigan, Drake, Fresno State and Western Kentucky. He said Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Florida State, Colorado and Kansas are showing interest in him.

The three-Star prospect plays for Kansas City's Pump 'N Run and Southeast High in Wichita.

"I played well in most games (during this summer's AAU competition)," Thurman said. "I think I got better as the summer went on and turned some heads."

While he's listed as a power forward in his profile, Thurman sees himself as more of a three.

"I'm a shooter," he said. "I've really worked on my range. I have nice footwork in the post. I also can put in on the floor and take it to the basket.

"Most of the schools recruiting me see me as a three. It also depends on the match-up. If there's a smaller player, of course I'm going to take him down low."

McCaffery told Thurman that he likes his versatility.

"He said he really liked my skill set," Thurman said. "He likes that I can shoot the three and also post up. He liked my footwork and how I can put the ball on the deck and dribble, bring it up the court, whatever."

Thurman said the visits he definitely wants to take are to Wichita State, Iowa, Colorado State and Oklahoma State. There could be others.

"I'm going to take a few visits and then commit sometime before my basketball season starts," he said. "I want to focus on my basketball season."

Thurman has grown up around the Wichita State program. He said that situation did not make the Shockers a lock for his services.

"Being close to home has a lot to do with it," he said. "They're up in my Top 2. I like Wichita State.

"I don't think going away from home is a big deal. If I felt comfortable around a campus and I can trust the coaches, I don't think distance will come into play.

"I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff and the players and I want to feel comfortable on the campus."

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