Iowa Calls on Alston

The Iowa coaching staff still is working hard to fill four open scholarships in the 2014 recruiting class. On Thursday, the coaches reached out to Sheridan (WY) JUCO PG Iakeem Alston. He talks about the conversation and his process in this premium story.

Strong speculation from basketball recruiting analysts points to Iowa missing out on point guard Tyler Ulis, who makes his college announcement Friday night from his Chicago Heights Marian Catholic High School. Iowa is looking at other options at the position regardless of whether or not those predictions are accurate.

Sheridan Junior College lead guard Iakeem Alston said Hawkeye Assistant Andrew Francis contacted him Thursday. It was the first time he heard from the Big Ten school.

"Basically, they are interested and he should be getting film from my coach soon," the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Alston said. "He said he will be up here in Wyoming to visit me and we will go from there."

Alston prepped at Baltimore Dunbar, one of the most recognizable programs in the country. He averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game as a freshman at Sheridan last winter.

"I'm a scoring, athletic point guard and I play very fast," Alston said. "At the same time, I get others involved."

Alston reports a 38-inch vertical leap.

"(Francis) explained to me a lot about how they play and how I play fits into their system," Alston said.

Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Southern Mississippi, North Texas and Towson State have offered Alston scholarships, he said.

"Pitt will be offering soon and I have a lot of interest from different schools," Alston said.

Alston said he is hearing the most from Loyola Marymount, Detroit, Washington State, Iona and UMKC. He reports that St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt will be visiting Sheridan on Monday and Southern Miss is due to drop by to see him on Oct. 4.

"Pitt, Seton hall and North Texas are still in the making," Alston said schools coming to see him. "(Francis) said he would be visiting in early October."

Alston said he wants to sign in the early period, which is in November.

"Playing time and just being able to play freely," Alston said when asked for what he sought in a college." I also want to have a good relationship with the staff."

Alston said he is undecided on a major.

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