We stopped by the Iowa elite Camp today, and the camp was buzzing with the commitment of 7-0 220-pound Beas Hamga, one of the fastest rising big men in the class of 2008 to Steve Alford's Iowa Hawkeyes.
"I really like the coaches at Iowa," Beas Hamga told Hoopmasters. "Coach Alford and his staff really make me feel comfortable. I got the same feeling with them I received from my guardian, I feel I can trust them and that I will be able to play right away when I get here."
"I believe that they (Iowa's coaches) will do what's best for me," Hamga continued. "They will help me reach my goals."
His guardian Mark Adams felt the Iowa staff had the combination that Beas needed reach his full potential.
"`The new staff Coach Alford has put together understands what it takes to be a player in the NBA and what NBA coaches expect," Adams explained. "I think they will help Beas become the best player his athletic gifts promise. They are the right fit for Beas."
Hamga has really gotten noticed this spring as he's been playing on the AAU circuit with the Indiana Elite squad. He has the ability to block shots, rebound, outlet and run floor and finish in transition. He's developing a nice touch around hoop or can step out and pop 12-footer. He is a long and lanky shotblocker, with a 7'4" wingspan, who is a 220-pounder with the potential to add 30-40 pounds on his frame down the road. He potentially is a top fifty prospect with two years to climb national ladder.
He is Iowa's second commitment in the Class of 2008 joining 6-4 wing man Matt Gatens (fellow camper) as future Hawkeyes.
Van Coleman is one of the most well known and best basketball analysts in the nation, having been in the undustry for nearly three decades. His work can be found on HoopMasters.com