Finke Enjoys Iowa Visit

Michael Finke picked up a scholarship offer from Iowa last month. Saturday, he visited the Big Ten school. He talked about the trip and what's next in his recruitment in this update.

Michael Finke felt at home on his unofficial Iowa visit on Saturday. The Hawkeye fans helped him get comfortable.

"Some of them came up to Malek (Harris) and me and and told us how they wanted us there in a couple of years and looked forward to watching us," Finke said. "That was nice."

Finke and Harris are a pair of 2014 Illinois forwards who hold Iowa offers.

"It was great," Finke said of Iowa. "The campus was beautiful. The staff was amazing. The facilities were awesome. The whole fan experience, the student section, it was great to be around."

Iowa then visited Finke at his open gym Sunday in Champaign. Stanford, Illinois, Purdue and Ball State joined the Hawkeyes there as did Bradley, who offered him a scholarship.

"Things are picking up," Finke said of his recruitment. "I'm just taking it all in. You only go through this once and it's a fun process."

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery invited Finke, his parents and one of his brothers into his office on Saturday.

"He talked about how he thinks I can fit into this program and how he loved watching me this summer," the 6-foot-9, 200-pound Finke said. "He liked how I kept improving every game. He felt like I could be a major contributor in their offense.

"He said he could see me playing anywhere from a five to a two and maybe even a one. He said I can create mismatches by being able to shoot outside or getting down low."

Finke, who has 12 scholarship offers, felt that he and Harris complement each other on the court. Harris prefers more of a low-post game while Finke starts his attack from the outside.

"I love to run and get up and down the court," he said. "Getting the ball up quick and moving fast is fun to play."

Finke said he and his Peoria Irish teammates split a pair of summer contests with the Illinois Wolves and Harris.

"We sat next to each other during the (Iowa football) game," Finke said. "We talked about the whole recruiting process and got to know each other a little bit."

Finke plans to visit Wisconsin for a second time this coming Saturday. He's also trying to set up unofficials to Purdue and Missouri in the near future.


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