Iowa Involved with '16 Michigan Big

Iowa played host to Michigan big man Austin Davis for its game against Ohio State. Head Coach Fran McCaffery then stopped by the junior's high school. The Hawkeyes are interested and Davis talks with HI about how much.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena rattled and hummed last month when Iowa played host to Ohio State. The home-town fans cheered on their Hawkeyes. It all impressed recruits in attendance.

Iowa's 76-67 victory gave it a regular-season sweep of the Buckeyes. It supplied prospects with a taste of Hawkeye hoops.

"It was a great game so that was a very good atmosphere," 2016 big man Austin Davis said. "I thought that their style of play would definitely fit me. They use their bigs. (Adam) Woodbury is pretty good. He's impressive. I thought they used him very well. So, it was a very good visit."

Davis (6-10, 250) hails from Onsted (MI) High and the Michigan Mustangs AAU program. He reports scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Toledo, George Washington, Kent State and Buffalo. He said he's been hearing from most of the Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, Stanford and Harvard.

Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Northwestern have played host to Davis on visits and they all have been to his open gyms, he said.

"It's been going really well," Davis said of recruiting. "We got to meet a lot of new people and see a lot of different things. That's been a really neat experience."

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery followed up Davis' Hawkeyes visit with a stop at Onsted High.

"We talked about how I could fit into their program; how that would work for both of us. We talked about the areas I need to improve. My foot speed needs to get quicker. That's been a big one for defense. I need to learn how to defend better and just to continue getting stronger. Beyond that, I need to solidify the other areas of my game," Davis said.

Davis said McCaffery has not talked with him about a scholarship offer.

"I'm not entirely sure where I stand with them," Davis said.

According to Max Preps, Davis is averaging 26.7 points, 16.8 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 1.4 assists through 11 games this season.

"I started out as just a down-low, on-the-block kind of player. I couldn't really do much outside. In the last year or two, we really focused on expanding my game. I worked on ball handling drills and getting up a lot of shots. I've definitely improved in those areas," Davis said.

Davis said he has not chosen a college major but academics will weight heavily into his decision. He's not rushing to a commitment.

"I want to be at a place where they really use their bigs. That's important to me," Davis said. "I'd like to find myself someplace where I'd fit the best I can and it's going to prepare me for the rest of my life. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. It's been great so far.


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