How can this be the top story of the Nike camp? After all, Josh wasn't there. Although Josh Rhodes was invited to Nike, he declined to go because he was enrolled in a college prep course this summer. After completing this course Josh will be able to take a lighter load this fall and concentrate on basketball. Josh is a good student and has prioritized his life. His decision is truly unique and is evidence of the quality of young man that Steve Alford is recruiting at Iowa.
Jeff Horner exhibited fine long range shooting skills at Nike. His shooting performance was superior to that of star Duke recruit, J.J. Redick. The Iowa-Duke game at the United Center in Chicago next November may be the forerunner of many more match-ups of these teams.
Greg banged the boards with the best at Nike. Greg is no longer considered a ‘sleeper' prospect as Brick Oettinger, Sports Illustrated analyst, currently has Greg ranked # 32 player in the country.
Delco may have just energized the whole camp with his play. Rowley showed some shooting skills that he had hidden in his muscular, NBA type body. He surprised people at Nike with not just short and intermediate jumpers but some three-point bombs as well. Delco is from Africa and has only lived in this country for a couple of years. Therefore, his offensive game is still under construction. However, this hulk would certainly look good in an Iowa uniform next to a filled out Jared Reiner or Sean Sonderleiter.
At Nike, he played much better against opponents his height, 6-7, or shorter. The level of competition he played against in Illinois is a concern as he played for a tiny Christian academy. In addition, several scouts see him ticketed to Notre Dame.
He played well when teamed with Jeff Horner. However, he left camp early.
That's my take, but what do I know?