It took a while, but Iowa finally has secured their first men's basketball commitment in the 2014 class. Brady Ellingson, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Hamilton High in Sussex, WI told the coaches on Tuesday night that he would like to join the program.
"I really liked coach (Fran) McCaffery," said Ellingson, who officially visited Iowa this past weekend. "His style of play fits me really well, and it's always been a dream of mine to play in the Big Ten. The players were awesome, too."
The Hawkeye staff has played bridesmaid on several recruits in the cycle. It felt good about Ellingson choosing Iowa ahead of San Diego and Oakland.
"They were ecstatic," Ellingson said of the Hawkeye coaches reaction to his commitment. "They said I am the perfect fit for them and can't wait for me to put on the Black and Gold."
"We talked about playing together," Ellingson said. "It would be awesome. But I'm not going to pressure him too much. I want what's best for him, too."
With his decision behind him, Ellingson now can concentrate on his final high school season.
"It's so nice that I can just focus on my senior year and having fun," he said.
In case you missed it, you can read our story from Ellingson's Iowa official visit HERE.
The Hawkeyes have three remaining scholarships available to hand out in the '14 class. The early signing period runs Nov. 13-20.