Hawks Eying Happ

Ethan Happ's recruitment is picking up this spring. The Class of 2014 forward picked up his first scholarship offer and other schools, including Iowa, are showing consistent interest.Get the latest on the process for the Illinois native in this update.

Ethan Happ really wants to get exposure this AAU season. So much so, that the Class of 2014 forward is playing for two different programs.

Happ spent most of the spring with the Iowa Barnstormers. Going forward, he's scheduled to mostly run with the Quad Cities Elite.

"I'll be done with the Barnstormers in June because of how many tournaments the Elite are going to get in," the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Happ said. "The Elite has a lot of players doing baseball and track. They don't play as many tournaments in the spring."

Happ's busy schedule (he's played in AAU tournaments the last seven weekends) has led to scouts taking notice. The Rockridge (IL) High product reports that he recently picked up a scholarship offer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has received steady interest from Wisconsin, Iowa, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Creighton and UNI.

"Creighton and UNI both came down for a workout," Happ said. "Wisconsin-Green Bay has told me that when I visit their campus they will offer me a scholarship."

Iowa has extended a scholarship offer to Happ's Barnstormers 16-U teammate, Seth Bonifas. The Hawkeyes also have been recruiting Casey Schlatter from that squad.

"I've been in contact with Coach (Andrew) Francis," Happ said. "I call him probably every other weekend. He's been coming out and watching me and wants me to get out there for a visit.

"He said that he's just going to keep following me as I grow. I still have a long way to go, but he thinks I could have the potential to play in the Big Ten."

Happ just turned 16 last week, so there's a chance for him to grow taller.

Running the floor is where Happ excels. He feels like he needs to show more half-court skills to win over other college scouts.

"I've been working on improving my shot and I think that's one thing that they probably want to see," Happ said. "I think they also want to see me improve my lateral quickness, getting side to side and playing defense."

Happ hopes to see Iowa and other programs in person after things slow down on the AAU circuit at the end of July.

"I just want to get out there and visit some schools that are interested in me," he said. "I want to be at a place where there is good team chemistry and the coaches are honest. I don't want them to tell me one thing and then have it be another thing. Whether it's good or bad, I want them to be honest about it."

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