Hutton Helping Hawks Recruit

Brandon Hutton received a different perspective this spring when he was out of action with an ankle injury. After his recent return, he's putting what he learned into his game and helping convince other prospects to follow him to Iowa.

A severely sprained ankle grounded high-flying Brandon Hutton. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, the Class of 2015 Iowa verbal commitment turned a negative into a positive.

"I was able to study the game more like a coach when I was on the sideline. It gives you perspective. It's helped me see things more clearly," Hutton said.

Hutton, who pledged to the Hawkeyes in March, injured himself late in his junior season at Chicago De La Salle Institute. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wing landed on another player's foot coming down with a rebound and rolled his left ankle. He attempted to play during the spring AAU period with the Illinois Stars but had to shut it down.

The injury sidelined Hutton for about a month and a half. He entered physical therapy for recovery and still is going through it despite returning to the court a week ago. His first competitive action was at the DePaul Summer Shootout this past weekend.

Healthy again, Hutton has turned his focus to improvement.

"I'm working on ball handling. I want to be able to handle the ball against the little guards and then be able to kill the guys my size and bigger when they have to guard me. I'm also working on my shot; shooting the three, shooting the mid-range (jumper). I want to be a knockdown shooter from wherever. Those are my key goals right now. I've been making 300 shots a day at the gym," he said.

Hutton said he talks with Iowa Assistant Andrew Francis regularly and Head Coach Fran McCaffery from time to time.

"I can't wait to get down there this summer, towards the end of July, probably. I want to get with the guys and see how they feel about this season," he said.

Hutton is hoping to bring a guest with him the next time he travels to Iowa City.

"I've been trying to talk to Ed Morrow from Simeon. We play together. We're kind of close friends. I'm trying to get him to come visit Iowa the next time I come down to visit. I told him we can go together. I'm trying to recruit him," Hutton said.

Hutton began his prep career with Morrow at Simeon before moving to De La Salle. He also has teamed with '16 Iowa target K.J. Santos with the Illinois Stars.

"I haven't really been able to talk to K.J. because he's been out with an injury as well. He should be coming back to practice soon and getting with us for the July tournaments. Then I'll probably talk to him about Iowa and maybe getting him up there," Hutton said.

Hutton said he's stayed on contact with incoming Hawkeye point guard Trey Dickerson. They visited Iowa together in March and committed at the same time.

One of the top summer events, the Reebok Classic Breakout (July 8-11 in Philadelphia) will include Hutton. The invitational features 100 of the nation's top players.

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