Boudreaux Believes in McCaffery

Iowa was one of the first schools to jump in with a scholarship offer for Illinois forward Evan Boudreaux. The 2015 Illinois forward visited the school last fall and returned this past weekend for the Black and Gold Blowout and a football game. He talked about the visit and the rest of his recruitment in this premium story.

Iowa jumped in with an early scholarship offer for Evan Boudreaux. Since then, Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery has sold the 2015 forward on what he's trying to accomplish at the Big Ten school.

"We have a great relationship," Boudreaux said. "I think he's a really down-to-earth guy and is really personable. He's a great coach who is building something special at Iowa."

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Lake Forest (IL) High product returned to Iowa City this past weekend for an unofficial visit. Boudreaux attended the team's Black and Gold Blowout event on Friday and then the following day a Hawkeyes' 17-10 overtime victory in football against Northwestern. He had come to the Central Michigan game in Kinnick Stadium a year ago.

"It was my mom's first time coming down to campus so she got to meet the staff and see everything," Boudreaux said of his recent trip. "It was my first chance to get to see the team practice and watch the coaches really interact with the players.

"I definitely got a better feel for Iowa's (playing) style and the coaches teaching styles. I was really impressed with the way the team played and the overall structure of the practice."

Boudreaux brings a skill set that works well with what the Hawkeyes are trying to accomplish on the court.

"I can definitely see myself running Iowa's system as a versatile forward who can create a lot of mismatches and do a little bit of everything," he said.

Boudreaux is preparing for his junior season at Lake Forest after a strong AAU run with Team NLP. He's approaching recruiting deliberately.

"I'm just kind of taking it as it comes right now and I'm not looking to rush anything," he said. "I'm probably going to decide late this summer or in the fall before my senior year."

Boudreaux said he will be at Harvard next weekend and then slow things down on the visit front to concentrate on his high school campaign.

Boston College, DePaul, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern and Saint Louis have offered scholarships to Boudreaux, he reports.


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