Iowa Hoops Recruiting Update & News

During the summer, word floated around that Iowa verbal Beas Hamga might be exploring other options. Well, that turned out to be false, but his recruitment might take another interesting twist. Senior Writer Rob Howe gives you the latest in this Hamga update along with a list of visitors coming in for the Ohio State football game, including a rising star from the 2009 class.

Those Iowa fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of big man recruit Beas Hamga might get a chance to see him a yearly earlier than originally expected.

According to a source close to the situation, Hamga, an Iowa verbal commitment, might arrive to campus with the 2007 class instead of the 2008 group be was originally tabbed in. The 7-footer from San Antonio has already completed his core course work and just needs to achieve the necessary test score to gain admittance, according to the source, who puts the chances of Hamga being in the ‘07 class at 50-50.

It looks like Hamga will be the last player in the ‘07 group should he gain the earlier admittance. Jon Leuer, who Iowa had targeted for a scholarship in that class, is verbally committed to Wisconsin.

The Hawkeyes have been hiding a few possible recruits in the ‘07 class, including a prospect that needs to gain his visa, according to the source, but they're more likely to stand pat with who they have in the fold.

Instead, Iowa will fill more scholarships in the ‘08 class, like looking shooting for a point guard, a wing and another big man. If Hamga moves to the ‘07 group, the Hawkeyes likely will target another post.

Iowa will continue working on their point guard need for ‘08 when they bring in a trio of prospects for this weekend's big football game against Ohio State, the source said. Anthony Carter, Dion Dixon (Chicago Crane) and Lewis Jackson are expected in town to check out the sites.

Also tabbed for a visit to the Iowa campus this weekend are ‘07 verbal commits Dairese Gary, Jake Kelly and Jarryd Cole along with ‘08 verbal Mike Gatens of Iowa City.

Two thousand eight prospects DeAndre Liggins and Michael Dunigan are expecting to be in town for the Ohio State game this weekend. All of the above mentioned players should be available for viewing at the Hawkeye scrimmage scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday in Carver-Hawkeye.

Another name coming in for the weekend is rising '09 prospect Joseph Bertrand, a long 6-3 guard who appears to have some growing to do. He plays for Sterling High in Illinois and runs with the Illinois Wolves in the summer.

On a side note, rest assured that the Iowa basketball team is taking seriously the theft charges handed down to Mike Henderson and Tyler Smith this week, according to the source. The Hawkeye coaches plan to handle the case internally with appropriate discipline.

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