Two of the top players on this summer's Iowa Barnstormers AAU 15-U team already have secured college scholarship offers. A third has received enough feedback from schools to expect that his opportunity might not be far off.
Kyle Haber, a 6-foot-6, 160-pound wing from Dubuque Senior, can only received questionnaires from college coaches right now per the rules, but he's getting plenty of them. Iowa, Northwestern, Northern Iowa, Creighton, Tulane, Minnesota, Wisconsin and others are filling his mailbox. He also gets feedback from coaches at those places through his AAU and prep coaches.
"UNI and Creighton were following (the Barnstormers) pretty hard this summer," Haber said. "I think they came to most of our games."
Those schools have offered fellow Class of 2014 recruit and Barnstormers teammate, Casey Schlatter, from Iowa-Falls-Alden. Haber's Senior teammate, Seth Bonifas, picked up an Iowa offer a few weeks ago.
"Early in the month, Creighton came into Senior to watch a shoot-around," said Haber, who turns 16 on Nov. 9. "Minnesota and some other schools are supposed to come in this month."
Haber was not raised rooting for the in-state teams. Family connections drew him to a program to the south.
"I grew up a fan of Indiana," Haber said. "My dad grew up in Indiana. My grandparents are still there.
"They like Indiana for basketball and Notre Dame for football. That's just how it worked out."
Like Schlatter, Haber boasts versatility and athleticism.
"I like to attack the basket a lot and try to get some offensive rebounds and easy putbacks," he said. "For Senior, I'm a 2-3 but for the Barnstormers I play every position depending on the match-ups.
"Last year, my shot wasn't very good. It's getting better. I've been working in it a lot. I'm also trying to get quicker and stronger."
Doctors have told Haber he also could grow more.
"Last year I was in football. They thought I might have a broken wrist.," he said "They said that my growth plates were still wide open. They said I could grow a few more inches taller."
With Haber, Bonifas and other talent, Senior could make some noise this winter in Class 4A basketball for the first time in a long time.
"We're just trying to keep working our hardest because we're really trying to improve on last year," Haber said. "We were so young. We're going to try to get down to state. Senior hasn't been down there in like 60 years."
As far as recruiting goes, Haber is patiently approaching the process.
"I'm just going to try my hardest and see where things go from there," he said. "I like hearing from any Big Ten schools. It's nice because I grew up watching that conference a lot."