Iowa Lands Canadian Big Man

One of the top prospects in Canada 6-10 235-pound Jamie Vanderbeken from Belleville, ON Quinte Secondary School made his college decision after a visit to Iowa City over the weekend...

One of the top prospects in Canada 6-10 235-pound Jamie Vanderbeken from Belleville, ON Quinte Secondary School made his college decision after a visit to Iowa City over the weekend...

"I had a great visit to Iowa," Jamie Vanderbeken told Hoopmasters. "I think the coaches are great and the players are really good guys."

"When my family and I got back home we decided that Iowa was the right fit for me," Vanderbeken continued. "I like their system, it allows me the freedom to play inside or outside, and they have all the things I want academically."

"Also I think that the strength coach (Bill Maxwell) can help me physically to become the best player I can."

Jamie Vanderbeken chose Iowa over his other two finalists Oregon State and UCLA.

The 6-10 230-pound Jamie Vanderbeken from Belleville, ON Quinte Secondary School impressed us with his solid play at the Nike All-American Camp, but really got our attention with his stellar play at the Las Vegas Main Event!

Vanderbeken held his own against Hoopmasters #2-rated player in the senior class Spencer Hawes, as he scored in double digits.

"It was definitely one of my best games," Jamie Vanderbeken told Hoopmasters. "It was really fun going against him head to head. But, I think I did OK!"

Vanderbeken can step out and knock down jumper from beyond the arc or face the hoop and take big men off the dribble. He is deceptively quick and can finish drive with a thunderous dunk.

Last year as a junior he averaged 25 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots a game at the Quinte Secondary School. He's grown another inch since last winter and added 10 pounds of positive strength, that let him blossom this summer.

He has a GPA equivalent of a 3.5 GPA and already has a qualifying test score, but he will have to complete a number of core courses as a senior to qualify by the end of the school year due to the differences in the Canadian and American core requirements.

"It's not a big problem," Vanderbeken told Hoopmasters. "It just means I'm going to have a full class load this year, nothing I can't handle."

Jamie Vanderbeken is Iowa's second commitment in the Class of 2006. He was joined on his visit to Iowa City by the other Hawkeye commitment 6-8 240-pound Cyrus Tate from Northeast Nebraska CC.

Van Coleman has been a fixture in basketball scouting for three decades with his Future Stars programs and scouting service. Coleman and Jon Miller teamed together in 2001-2003 on the regionally syndicated college basketball program 'Talkin Future Stars'. Coleman's information can be read online at hoopmasters.com. HawkeyeNation.com and Jon Miller thank Coleman for his permission to republish his story on HN.com


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