The Class of 2015 Illinois wing visited the school on Thursday. The Hawkeye coaches were welcoming.
"They appeared very interested," the 6-foot-6, 175-pounder said. "They said they would come and see me play in July."
Next month is an important one in the basketball recruiting process. The year's biggest AAU tournaments occur during an open period for college coaching evaluations.
Santos bonded with the Iowa staff on Thursday and looks forward to showing them more of his game in July.
"I had a great time with the coaches," Santos said. "They took me on a tour of campus and I really liked it."
"I loved the athletic facilities. The locker room, practice gyms, and arena were amazing."
Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery met one-one-one with Santos.
"We talked about Iowa's history and Iowa's success," Santos said. "We also discussed current players and how hard they work. They want players with good character."
Santos' game translates well into McCaffery's up-tempo system.
"I liked everything they said," Santos said. "After watching the highlight video, I really think I could fit into Iowa."
Santos runs with the Illinois Celtics AAU squad and preps at Geneva (IL) Community High.
DePaul, Illinois-Chicago and Fairfield have offered Santos scholarships, he reported. Iowa, Oklahoma Purdue, Xavier, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Northwestern, Illinois State and Creighton are showing him consistent interest, he added.
Santos has visited Iowa, DePaul and Northwestern. He planned to see Purdue and Xavier soon.
"Right now, I'm open to any college," Santos said. "I just want to go to a school that offers good academics and I would hope to play my freshman year."
Santos, who is still thinking about his college major, said he would be back at Iowa for a game this upcoming season.