Warney Down to Two

Jameel Warney is described by his coach as a loyal person. That's the reason some higher level schools that jumped in with him late in the recruiting process will be left out when he picks a program.

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery liked what he saw in Jameel Warney and this week offered the 2012 New Jersey Power Forward a scholarship. Turned out, it was too late.

Warney narrowed his list of schools to Stoney Brook and Rider before the July evaluation period. His coach at Roselle (NJ) Catholic, Dave Boff, said his standout will verbal two one of those schools in about a week.

"Those were the first two schools that offered him," Boff said. "He's a really loyal kid. By last count, he's got about 30 offers on the table. He just can't get his mind past that he's just the most comfortable with these two schools."

Boff reports that Warney has offers from Iowa, Temple, St. Joe's, UNC-Charlotte and "basically every mid-major you can think of. But he told me at dinner last night that he's going to pick from Stoney Brook and Rider next weekend.

"When the people at Iowa heard that he was not going to even visit there because he wanted to go to Stoney Brook and Rider, I think (Hawkeyes Coach) Fran McCaffery out there almost had a freaking heart attack."

McCaffery spoke with Warney and his mother and invited them out to Iowa City for an official visit in mid September, Boff said. The family thought about it for a day or so and then called the coach back to decline the offer, Boff said.

"I spoke to Fran for about a half hour," Boff said. "I was very impressed with everything he was saying. I don't think this is anything against Iowa. I think this is a loyal kid who is comfortable with Rider and Stoney Brook.

"He was thinking of committing early in the summer, but we encouraged him to wait through the July evaluation. After it, he said he wasn't interested in looking beyond those two schools."

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