Hawkeyes Hard after Santos

It's been a frustrating year for K.J. Santos as injuries have slowed him down. The talented '16 PG from Illinois is back in action, however, and ready to continue his rise during the July evaluation period.

The recruiting process sometimes weighs on K.J. Santos. With 15 reported scholarship offers and plenty of other schools showing him interest, the Class of 2016 point guard is being contacted by coaches day and night.

"It's kind of overwhelming," Santos said.

Luckily, Santos can rely on the people closest to him to ease stress. His two older sisters own the experience of being recruited to college.

"My parents also help me through it. My family has gone through this process so they are here to give me advice and help me through it," K.J. said.

The 6-foot-7 Santos spent last season at Vermont Academy. The Chicago product recently announced he'd be transferring to South Kent in Connecticut for his junior season.

Santos missed a lot of his sophomore campaign with injuries and sat out the spring AAU season with a foot ailment. He's returned to the court with the Illinois Stars and his recruitment could pick up momentum when he shows off a unique skill set as a 6-7 lead guard.

Iowa, Oklahoma, Wichita State, DePaul, Xavier, West Virginia, Penn State, VCU, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Army, Illinois-Chicago, Fairfield, Rhode Island, and Tulsa have extended scholarship offers to Santos, he said. Indiana, Purdue, Florida, Miami, Michigan and other schools are showing him consistent interest, he said.

Santos said he would be visiting Iowa, DePaul, Indiana, Wichita State and Michigan in August. Iowa, Xavier, Wichita State, DePaul, Oklahoma, and Wake Forest are recruiting him the hardest, he said. He said he likes Iowa, Xavier, Wichita State and Oklahoma the most right now.

Santos said he's likely going to commit next year at the start of his senior season.

Santos has visited Iowa before and feels connected to the Hawkeyes.

"I really Iowa's style of play. Also, that it's close to home. And Iowa makes the NCAA tournament," Santos said.

Assistant Andrew Francis is leading the Hawkeyes' recruitment of Santos.

"Almost everyday I get a text or a call from Coach Francis. I really like Coach Francis. He is a really cool guy. I enjoy talking to him," Santos said.

Santos' other connection to Iowa is Brandon Hutton, an Illinois Stars teammate in the '15 Class who verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in March.

"I thought that was a great pick up for Iowa. He is a very hard working kid. It's a lot of fun playing with Brandon. On the break, I love looking for him because I know he will finish," Santos said.


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