Malek Harris learned on Friday that Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery doesn't spend a lot of time promoting the bells and whistles of his program. Facilities and flashy uniforms are nice benefits, but it's about winning basketball games.
"He didn't really tell me why I should go to Iowa," Harris said. "He's not that type of guy. He explained to me what they're trying to do and how they're building the program. It was more of him filling me in with information so I can know what's really going on."
Harris unofficially visited Iowa on Friday. The Class of 2014 combo forward from Illinois was impressed by what he saw.
"Iowa is a great school and part of the Big Ten, one of the best conferences in the nation," the 6-foot-7, 170-pounder said. "They are easily over looked, but I like Coach McCaffery and what he's trying to do with the program. He told me that I fit into their style of play, which is up and down but organized. He really likes what I'm doing on the floor right now."
Harris visited Louisville and Indiana before stopping at Iowa. He has scheduled a trip to Marquette for next week. While Iowa has struggled for much of the last decade plus, that trio of successful programs could overpower the Hawkeyes if they offer him an opportunity.
"Well, that's not really my perception," Harris said. "Every school will be considered in the recruiting process. Just because they sound good, it doesn't mean it's the best fit for me. So. I'm going to make the decision based on me and how I feel, not the team's history."
And the lucky school that receives his services may not find out for a while.
"I'm not sure yet (when he'll have a decision)," Harris said. "(It will be) probably some time senior year. I'm in no rush."