Golden Winding it Down

Malik Golden's stock rose significantly this summer. The 2012 Connecticut athlete turned heads in camps. Now, the senior-to-be has cut his list to a Top 4 and is closing in on a decision.

Malik Golden was so impressed with his visit to Iowa earlier this summer, he almost committed to the Hawkeyes. He ended up slowing it down and looking around.

Golden said he'll likely end the process within the next month or so. He plans on seeing his Final Four schools - Iowa, Penn State, Boston College and Connecticut - before announcing his decision.

All four of his finalists have offered scholarships. The Hawkeyes were the first BCS school to come forward for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete from Cheshire (CT) Academy.

"I think I'm in the final phase," Golden said of the recruiting process. "I'm just trying to get a last couple of visits in and hope to make a decision within the next few weeks."

Golden has yet to visit Penn State. He planned to see UConn on Tuesday and Boston College sometime next week.

"I'm going to try to take an official to Iowa on Sept. 3," said Golden, who starts classes on Aug. 25. At that point, he can use official visits.

Golden said that all of his final four schools are even.

"It's going to come down to comfort, academics and coaching staff," he said. "It just has to feel right."

Here are Golden's thoughts on what each of his four finalists have going for it:

Penn State - They have great tradition there. Obviously playing for Coach (Joe) Paterno would be pretty life-changing.

Boston College - They have great academic prestige. I'd be playing about two hours away (from home). I would be pretty close to home.

UConn - I'd be playing in front of all my friends and family. I'd be playing at home.

Iowa - I just feel very comfortable with the coaching staff out there. They treated me the best when I went out there.

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