Steve Alford now has three impressive classes back to back to back. Next year's class was basically done early in the summer when Josh Rhodes decided to trade his California surfboard for an Iowa snowboard.
The staff, however, is not resting on their laurels. They are out hitting the bricks in search of high school juniors and underclassmen. J.R. Angle, the super soph from Indiana, has already surrendered to Iowa's General. Now the staff is trying to sift through all the information they gathered over the summer on the nation's top juniors. This due diligence is even more important because Iowa has only two scholarships to give. Several candidates have emerged as has been reported on this site.
Kris Humphries, 6-7 1/2, 220, from the shadows of Williams arena, has already been offered. Humphries, already well muscled, should fill out more and may grow to 6-9. Kris is very skilled and would be a HUGE addition to Alford's army. His father, a former offensive lineman for the Golden Gophers, is a prominent money manager from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Kris will be sought by schools from coast to coast and has already been offered by UCLA.
Dave Telep, TheInsiders.com, adds that ""Kris Humphries is the top-rated prospect in the state of Minnesota. He'll likely play a combo forward role in college and should challenge for a spot among the Top 25 players in his class."
Also being recruited are(all National top 100) Shannon Brown, 6-3 WG, Proviso East, Maywood, IL, Brian Butch, 7-0, 210, C, from Appleton, Wisconsin, West, Frederick Peete, 6-4 WG from Memphis Westside, Brian Randle, 6-7, WF, Peoria Notre Dame and Walter Waters, a 6-10, 250 pound pivot from Detroit Southeastern.
Steve Alford and Greg Lansing flew to Chicago to visit Shannon Brown on Monday before heading up to Minnetonka to see Kris Humphries.
Walter Waters was at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Saturday. But don't read to much into the visit as recruiting may not be smooth sailing on these Waters. White caps abound as Tom Izzo and the MSU Spartans are all over Walter. Missouri is also involved due to their new Doctor Detroit. Can Big Blue and new coach Tommy Amaker be far behind?
Dave Telep, TheInsiders.com, made this comment about Walter Waters: "Walter Waters is a low-block scorer. He's a catch, turn and score kind of guy. All of his offense generates from block to block and he's proven that if you can fire him the ball down low, he can score it. Kind of like a Robert Jackson type, but not quite as athletic."
Brown, Randle and Butch all made Dave Telep's top 25 prospects for 2003 with the other three close behind: