When head coach Fran McCaffery invited the Class of 2014 prospect into his office, he figured it was a typical sit-down meeting to talk about what the school and program could offer him. Bonifas had no idea what was about to be offered, though.
"He was just talking about what types of players he looks for and then he said he was going to offer me (a scholarship)," the 6-foot-9, 195-pounder from Dubuque Senior High said. "I was really surprised. My mom (Lois) said I made a really funny face when he came out with it.
"I thought he was just going to talk with us about Iowa basketball. I wasn't expecting an offer at all."
Bonifas just began his sophomore year at Senior. He was born on Sept. 7, 1996, meaning he will turn 15 on Wednesday.
"I'm kind of stunned right now," Bonifas said. "I'm waiting for it all to settle in first before I start to really think about it. I feel like I want to wait a little while and talk to my coaches."
Mark Bonifas, Seth's father, much like his son, was still a little overwhelmed on Sunday after hearing about the scholarship offer a day earlier.
"My wife Lois and I were in the meeting with Fran (on Saturday) and we were kind of stunned to have an offer put out there at this age," Mark Bonifas said. "He's really young for his class on top of that. We're trying to get our arms around everything that's going on.
"Do you commit at a young age or do you wait? We're going to probably talk to some people that have been through the process; pick their brains a little bit. We're new to this. We haven't been through this or know anybody who has.
"I know Seth is really interested in Iowa. To be truthful, you wonder if there are other options out there. But Iowa is definitely a great option. There are a lot of questions right now."
The Bonifases said they will lean on AAU coach Greg Stephen for advice. He's coaching Seth with the Iowa Barnstormers.
Bonifas said McCaffery likes the way he runs the floor, stays low on defense and performs well in the classroom. Seth reports a 4.0 GPA.
"I think I play really good defense," Bonifas said. "I run the court well. I try to make smart decisions in the post, like when to kick it out or take it to the basket. I'm trying to develop a 15-foot jump shot and a face-up game.
"I feel like I move pretty well (for being so tall at a young age). I'm not tripping over myself or anything."
Bonifas gave up football this fall to concentrate on basketball development. He played tight end and defensive end.
"I grew up a fan of Iowa," he said. "I watched all of their football and basketball games. They'd be my No. 1."