Thurman Sets 2 Visits

Gavin Thurman's head is clouded when it comes to recruiting. The 2012 Wichita F is hoping his official visits clear things up.

The recruiting process can be challenging for a high school kid. It's easily one of the toughest decision of their young lives - where to go to college and play basketball.

Gavin Thurman was thinking he'd have a better idea of what he wanted to do at this point in the game. The Class of 2012 forward expected to sign a national letter of intent this fall.

"The plan was to sign in November, but if I'm still not sure, I'm not going to sign," the Wichita native said. "If I'm feeling in November like I'm feeling now, I'll wait to the late signing period (In April of '12). There's a chance.

"It's a tough decision. I'll sign in November if my mind really is made up. If it's a place I want to go, I'll sign. If I am how I am now, then I'll just wait until April."

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Thurman hopes that official visits in the next few months will help bring clarity about his choice. He is scheduled to start things off in Iowa City on Sept. 3 and then travel to Colorado State the next weekend. He holds offers from both schools.

Thurman said he would use his other three official visits (NCAA allows five) on hometown Wichita State, Oklahoma State and Nebraska. The Shockers are the only ones of that trio to have offered a scholarship to this point.

The Cowboys just jumped in with Thurman during the last few weeks. The Huskers came last year. He felt both schools would offer him a scholarship during his official visits.

"I just started talking with Oklahoma State a few times in the last few weeks," Thurman said. "They want me to come for a visit, so I'm going to set it up. Nebraska I've talked to during the last two summers. I've got a good relationship with the coach (Doc Sadler). He came to my school a couple of times to watch me play open gyms and to talk to me. He wants me to come for a visit as well, so I'm going to try set that up."

Iowa offered Thurman a scholarship in July. Assistant Sherman Dillard opened the door for the Hawkeyes and Fran McCaffery saw what he liked over the summer.

"I've really built a good relationship with the Iowa coaches," Thurman said. "I talked a lot with (Dillard) and twice with (McCaffery). They talk to my dad a lot, too.

"They're real excited to get me on campus and I'm real excited to get down there."

Thurman likes how Colorado State is away from home but not too far away.

"They've got a good program," he said. "I'm looking forward to checking it out."

Thurman said he will focus on how the coaches relate to their players on the official visits.

"I just want to see how they talk to them," he said. "I also want to see what it's like around campus. I want to see what the classes are like. I'm going to be asking a lot of questions."

Thurman said he prefers an up-tempo style of basketball.

"I like to get rebounds and push it down the court," he said. "In the half court," I'm comfortable with pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops, stuff like that."

Thurman sees himself as a small forward who can fill in at the four if need be. He just needs to find a place to do those things.

"I can see myself fitting at a lot of schools right now," he said. "I think about that a lot, which schools I could play for. When I get an idea about it maybe being one school, I start to think about another school." ranks Thurman as a two-star recruit on its five-star scale.

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