Aaron Foster-Smith reports a nice group of scholarship offers from solid mid-major programs. The versatile forward wants to go higher and believes that patience could be the key to making that happen.
Foster-Smith was hampered by injuries during the AAU season with the Michigan Warriors. Not being able to display his skills at full strength cost him on the recruiting trail. As a result, he's contemplated letting his upcoming campaign at Truman High (Taylor, MI) play out before choosing a college.
"I haven't really thought a lot about how long (his recruitment) will go," Foster-Smith said. "I have no clue. I'm probably going to commit after the season but I'm not sure yet. We'll see how things go here in the next few months."
The Hawkeyes took notice of Foster-Smith in the spring and have watched him during the evaluation periods. Assistant Andrew Francis has served as Iowa's lead contact in his recruitment.
"They've just been calling me to see how I'm doing," Foster-Smith said. "(Francis is) a great coach. I talked to him at my school for quite a while. I like him a lot."
Foster-Smith believes that the Hawkeyes' system suits his game.
"They seem like a run-and-gun team and that's exactly how I play," he said. "I like them a lot."
Foster-Smith intends to enter the medical field and academics are as important to him as is basketball when picking a college.
"I'm looking for a school with a really good education," he said. "I want to get my education straight first before I think about basketball."
Foster-Smith has visited Michigan, Dayton and Toledo and planned to get out to more schools in the coming months. Kent State was a school he wanted to see.
For now, Foster-Smith is focused on improving his game and showing the coaches this season that he can play at the highest level.
"Since I'm a good shooter and I'm probably going to be put out on the wing at the next level, I have to work on my handles a lot," he said. "I also need to work on moving my feet better on defense."