Coming out of high school, Brandon Spearman officially visited one school and committed. The Indian Hills Community College sophomore planned to look into things more thoroughly the second time around.
The Chicago product spent one season at Dayton after which he watched head coach Brian Gregory and his lead recruiter, Cornell Mann, leave the program. Gregory took the same position at Georgia Tech and Mann landed at Iowa State.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Simeon High graduate has helped lead Indian Hills to a No. 9 national ranking. With that, Spearman has shown up on the radars of four-year schools.
"I'm certainly going to take all of my visits and see what they offer," he said. "My first time around, I fell in love with one school without looking at others. I'm just slowing down and looking at who's showing the most interest. I really want to build a good relationship with the head coach before I choose any school."
"Most of the schools I'm hearing from have offered (scholarships), except Iowa," Spearman said. "I do believe that toward the end of the season I'm going to get more calls from Iowa. I know they're busy right now."
Indian Hills is working its way towards the junior colleges national tournament in Hutchinson, KS later this month. The event brings a lot of attention from Division I coaches and offers for the participants.
"I left the University of Dayton when the coaches left and because of some other some other stuff," Spearman said. "I just wanted to start over with a clean slate. Coming to Indiana Hills was a good decision. I'm just taking this process slow."
Spearman said Iowa has stayed in consistent contact with him throughout this season.
"Coach (Sherman) Dillard came out to a couple of (Indian Hills) games," he said. "I went to a game when (the Hawkeyes) played Drake. They looked pretty good and I couldn't believe how hard the fans were cheering on their team. It was an unbelievable crowd. The coaching staff seemed real, real cool. Sherman is a real cool guy."
Spearman, who is considering a broadcasting major, believes he would bring versatility to a four-year school.
"I'm pretty much an all-around player," he said. "I'm a scorer. I can score from anywhere at any time. I also get people involved. I can play the one or the two or the three. I play hard. I do whatever it takes to get a win."
Spearman is averaging 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and just under a steal per game this season. He is shooting 31 percent (40-131) from beyond the arc.