Hawkeyes Land Hoosier State Forward

<P>Steve Alford received his first verbal commitment for the class of 2005-2006 from Jon Workman of Lagrange, Indiana (Lakeland High School). The 6-foot-8, 210-pound "skilled four" made his intentions known this past Saturday (October 23rd) in person as he visited the Iowa campus for the second time in less than a month. "We were out there on Saturday, and I committed to Iowa then," Workman said. (MORE)

"After I went to their Elite camp (earlier in the summer), I knew that if I ever got an offer from them, that is where I wanted to go. I have always liked them, and that trip made it great."

"The main reasons for my commitment there is that I have always wanted to play in the Big Ten, and then you have Coach Alford at Iowa. Plus, I have gotten to know Coach (Craig) Neal."

Neal is the newest member of Alford's coaching staff at Iowa, and it would appear that he is already paying dividends.

"I met him in Atlanta at an adidas superstar camp that I went to earlier this summer." Workman said. "He is a great guy, and is easy to talk to. He has a great personality and a fun guy to be around."

Neal, a Hoosier State native, was not officially named to Iowa's staff until August, and he was working with adidas prior to joining the Hawkeyes.

Workman feels that he is a versatile player, with good shooting range.

"I feel real comfortable out on the wing, but I can also play inside. I am comfortable with both of those. I can shoot it out to about three feet behind the three-point line pretty easily," Workman said, adding that he made ‘about' 45-pecent of his three point attempts last season as a sophomore, with just over 100 attempts.

"It's not just a big guy saying he can make a three point shot every once in a while; it's something that I use in my game."

"Coach Alford has told me that I would be a skilled four, playing both inside and out; similar to what they expect to get out of Alex Thompson and in some ways, what Greg Brunner has done.

Workman claimed offers from Purdue, Ohio State, Valparaiso and Indiana-Purdue in Ft. Wayne, but added that he is firmly a Hawkeye.

Workman becomes the fourth Hoosier State native to commit to Iowa under Alford, one of the all time Hoosier greats.

Alford led Indiana to the 1987 National Championship. That was also the same year Workman was born.

"Coach Alford's name still carries a lot of weight where I am from. Everyone is an IU fan. Even though he is coaching at Iowa, everybody still loves him over here." Workman said.

Workman said that Indiana was recruiting him, "but not as hard as the other schools." He will play for Indiana Elite this summer on the AAU circuit.

" I have visited Purdue and I was going to go to Ohio State on the 30th of October, but I feel like I know what I want to do, so I won't be taking that visit."

Workman also got to take in a little of Iowa's campus this weekend.

"Sunday morning was the first time I got to view the entire campus, but I really liked it. All of my campuses would be less than a two-minute walk from the dorm I would live in."

Being that he lives in the heart of Hoosier & Boilermaker territory, we asked him if he felt he would take a lot of heat by not staying in state.

"Not a whole lot," Workman said. "My friends think it's neat that I get to play for Coach Alford."


I recently spoke with my one-time radio partner and Future Stars proprietor Van Coleman to get his thoughts on Workman:

"Jon is a smooth, very skilled wing who can shoot the three, put it on the floor, get to the hoop…he just does a lot of different things with the basketball. I think they (Iowa) feel they have to get a kid that can create off of the dribble, but also had that jump shot that allows him to spread the floor a little bit, and I think this is a young man who can do those things." Coleman said.

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