Tharp Checking Out Iowa

Iowa basketball will play host to 2016 Indiana point guard Reggie Tharp this weekend. The Fort Wayne product talked with us about the Hawkeyes and the rest of his recruitment.

Sometimes Fran McCaffery gauges a prospect's interest by his willingness to visit campus. The recruit, in many instances, is awarded a scholarship by the coach if he checks out Iowa in person.

Indiana Point Guard Reggie Tharp will test that idea this weekend. He'll unofficially check out the Hawkeyes on Saturday.

"To be honest, I don't know if I'll get a scholarship offer. I really hope they (offer) because that's always been my dream as a kid to play in the Big Ten. I feel like I could play for Coach McCaffery and he would develop me into a great player and person. I feel like I would be perfect in that system," the 6-foot, 145-pound Tharp said.

Tharp, who plays for Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran and the VCC Ohio Warriors, picked up his first scholarship offer recently when he visited Western Illinois. The Class of 2016 member also reported interest from Liberty, Radford, Air Force, Northern Kentucky and IUPUI. He planned to visit Radford and Liberty after stopping at Iowa.

"(The Hawkeyes have) been recruiting me since the first weekend if July," Tharp said. "It sounds like a great place to be. Their football team is good and the coaching staff wanted me to come down so I decided to make that trip."

Assistant Andrew Francis is leading Iowa's recruitment of the point guard.

"He's a great guy to talk to. We talk all the time. Also, me and Coach McCaffery talked a fair amount of times. They are both just great people and good people to talk to," Tharp said.

Tharp describes himself as a true one.

"I'm a floor general. I run the show, get everyone the ball in the perfect spot to score, play D and score when I need to or when I can," he said.

Hawkeye Insider will follow up with Tharp after his Iowa visit to get his thoughts on what he saw and heard.

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