"It's coming soon," he said with confidence of the Iowa offer.
The 6-foot, 145-pound Fort Wayne (IN) Concordia Lutheran and Ohio VCC Warriors floor general said he heard that from Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery.
"He's coming down (to Fort Wayne) the first weekend of September to see me. He told me what I've got to do (to get the offer). He told me to compete at all times no matter who I'm playing against and have fun," Tharp said.
Tharp found Iowa to be a location he could see himself playing his college ball.
"It's absolutely great. It's a fun place to be. The football atmosphere and the people there are great," he said after his two-day stop. "I walked around the campus, saw the locker room, arena, weight room and then after I played with the (current Iowa) players."
The high school junior said he held his own against the collegiate competition.
"I felt real good. I competed well. They are a really good team and very fun to play with," he said. "The big fella, Gabe (Olaseni) and the other guard, Mike (Gesell), they were both on my team and they helped me out a lot."
Tharp received one-on-one time with McCaffery and came away feeling good about where he stands with the Hawkeyes.
"He told me how much he likes me. We watched film together and he showed me where I would be in there offense. We talked about what I wanted to do in college," Tharp said.
Radford and Liberty are expected to play host to Tharp in the near future, he said. Tharp, who still is awaiting his first scholarship offer, said he's also hearing from Air Force, Northern Kentucky and IUPUI.