Aaron Brennan was warming up for the biggest game of his young life when a glance in the stands revealed a familiar face. The presence of a Big Ten college coach might have applied even more pressure to an already tense situation. It fueled the Guerin Catholic standout.
"It was pretty cool," the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Brennan said. "There were a lot of things going on with it being the state championship game. I definitely noticed him there and it brought my confidence up when I saw him."
Brennan visited Iowa City in October. While coaches can have limited contact with the Class of 2014 member, he's done his best to stay in touch with McCaffery.
"I send him text messages when they win a game," Brennan said. "He can't respond. I just want to congratulate him on the win."
Brennan runs with the The Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU program. A strong summer could create even more buzz regarding his recruitment.
"I think it's very important," Brennan said. "I don't think I've peaked yet. I feel like I'm on the radar at the start of the summer as opposed to last year when I wasn't.
"I think we have a good group on my AAU team that will get far into tournaments."
Brennan plans to visit Xavier this spring or summer.
"I'd also like to get back to some of the other schools showing interest," he said. "I'd like to see Iowa again. I really liked Iowa when I went there. That'd be cool if I went back."
Brennan said he feels most comfortable playing the three and four because that's where he's spent most of his time.
"It's hard to say where I'll end up," he said. "I'm working on all parts of my game so I can be versatile."