After picking up a scholarship offer from Wisconsin last week, Ethan Happ visited Iowa Tuesday in hopes of grabbing the same kind of opportunity. Even though the Hawkeye chance didn't happen on the trip, he found out that the Hawkeyes are quite interested in his services.
"It went well," the Class of 2014 forward said. "The coaching staff was real nice. All of the facilities were nice.
"They talked to me about a couple of things that I need to work on. Coach (Fran) McCaffery hasn't been able to be at any of my games yet, so he"s looking forward to doing that in July (during the AAU evaluation period)."
McCaffery, like most coaches, won't often offer a scholarship until seeing a prospect in person. He is familiar with Happ from watching film.
"Coach McCaffery said that even though he hasn't seen me play live he thinks that improving my three-point game would be very useful," said the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Happ, who says he has been working hard on his perimeter game.
Happ believes that an Iowa offer could be coming if McCaffery likes what he sees from him next month.
"That's how I felt (in talking to the Iowa coach on Tuesday), but I didn't want to seem too anxious about it," he said. "That's definitely his decision."
Wisconsin stepped forward with its offer after Happ camped at the school.
"That was pretty surprising, actually," he said. "Personally, I didn't play my best but I think it was just a matter of Coach Bo (Ryan) seeing me play. The assistant coach, Gary Close, has seen me play a lot of times. Coach Bo hadn't so he can't offer a player without seeing him."
Happ reports offers from the Badgers, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
"I'm just going to keep working on my game," the Illinois native said. "I have a couple of more high school tournaments getting ready for the July evaluation period."
Happ, who runs with the Iowa Barnstormers and the Quad Cities Elite in AAU, has something to prove in July.
"To tell you the truth, I'm just going to try to show Iowa, Wisconsin and the schools that are interested in me that they are right to be interested in me," he said.