Iowa Connects with Smart

The Iowa coaches are making their rounds during open gym season (and endless texting season). One of the players they dropped in on was '15 IL G Roosevelt Smart.

They await their first Illinois commitment since taking over at Iowa. The Hawkeye coaches aren't discouraged.

The Iowa staff continues to pound the pavement in the Chicago area and beyond in the Land of Lincoln. In that pursuit, it has identified 2015 shooting guard Roosevelt Smart of Illinois Wolves AAU and Palatine (IL) High.

"We talked only a couple of times on the phone," the 6-foot-2, 165-pound Smart said. "Coach (Andrew) Francis, he's a cool person. I talk to him a lot. He came to open gym (this month)."

Smart has yet to speak with head coach Fran McCaffery. That was expected to change last weekend when he was scheduled to visit Iowa City.

"I had to reschedule," Smart said. "I think we're going to reschedule in a couple of weeks from now, but I'm not sure yet."

In the meantime, Francis has put the Hawkeyes' best foot forward. Smart has been impressed.

"(Francis) likes my game a lot, but he analyzes me a lot," he said. "He tells me stuff I need to work on and stuff that I'm good at."

Smart's Wolves' teammate and fellow '15 guard Prentiss Nixon visited Iowa last weekend. They've stayed connected during throughout the recruiting process.

"We all support each other a lot during the season and in the off season," Smart said.

Smart said he has unofficially visited Loyola (Chicago), Illinois, DePaul and Indiana. He reports that Loyola and Wright State have offered scholarships. Iowa, Nebraska, Marquette and Ball State have been in consistent contact, he said.

Smart said that in addition to his Iowa visit, he'd like to get to Nebraska this fall. He's also trying to decide between Marquette and Purdue for a Midnight Madness trip.

Smart said he'd like to commit to a school at the beginning of his senior year. He'll be looking for a connection with the coach and school and also would like to see a strong history with the basketball program. Style of play also will factor into the decision.

"I like to run and play a fast pace. I like coming off ball screens a lot," Smart said.

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