Southwestern Illinois Jets guard Peyton Allen recently picked up an Iowa offer. Teammate and fellow Class of 2014 prospect, Darreon Reddick, hoped to grab the same opportunity when they visit Iowa City this weekend.
"I think (Iowa and Xavier) are close to offering," Reddick said of his situation. "They both were at mostly all of my games in these last two tournaments."
Hawkeye Assistant Andrew Francis is leading the way in Iowa's recruitment of the Jets program.
"I've been talking to Coach Francis," the 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard said. "He's been telling me about there program; how they used to be good and they're trying to rebuild their program."
"I play combo guard now, but I want to be a point guard at the college level," Reddick said. "I play point guard in high school (Belleville, IL) and shooting guard in AAU."
Reddick said he did not grow up rooting for a particular school or conference.
"I just started watching college basketball two years ago," he said.
Reddick said he prefers an up-tempo style of basketball.
"I like getting out in transition and getting to the hole or setting up a teammate," he said. "The best part of my game is as a slasher. I can get to the hole real well and get my teammates involved. I'm a good passer.
"Right now, I'm working on getting my jump shot more consistent so I can become a threat inside and outside."
Reddick said he's considering a college major in business or education. He has an idea of what's important to him in picking a school.
"I want to see how many players went to the NBA from there," Reddick said. "I want to feel close to the coaching staff. I want to look at their history and how solid they are educationally and what kind of graduation rate they have."
Reddick gets overshadowed a bit on his Belleville squad. Teammate Malcolm Hill, an Illinois recruit, is ranked among the Top 50 or so players in the '13 class.