Liggins Impressed with Iowa City

DeAndre Liggins spent last Sunday taking in the sights and sounds of Carver-Hawkeye Arena as he watched the hometown Hawkeyes go at it with Wisconsin. The junior from Chicago was impressed with the Iowa program and the town. The Hawkeyes sit solidly in the mix for his services. Read what Liggins said about his trip to Iowa City and where his recruitment stands in this premium update.

DeAndre Liggins strolled into Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday dressed in a bright yellow hoodie, standing out in a sea of gold as Iowa took on Wisconsin in front of a full house.

The attired suggested that the junior swingman from Chicago would come across as a flashy city player. Well, that might be his game on the court, but Liggins proved to be anything but outspoken. He was a man of few words speaking with him Tuesday night on the phone.

Liggins took an unofficial visit to Hawkeye Land. Iowa has offered the 6-8, 180-pound Iowa product as has Illinois and Virginia. He also has unofficially visited the Illini.

Liggins said that he doesn't have a leader among the three schools that have offered, but he enjoyed his visit to Iowa more than his trip to Champaign.

"It was a good atmosphere," Liggins said of the Iowa-Wisconsin game. "It was incredible."

When asked what he thought about his visit to Illinois, Liggins responded: "I was alright."

Hawkeye fans probably curb their enthusiasm a bit, as Liggins said he's likely to wait until after his senior season to choose a school. He expressed that it was a hard decision and he wanted to take his time.

Liggins knows what he's looking for in a school. He wants to know what other recruits are coming in with him. The playing style of the program is important as he prefers an up-tempo game. He also wants to fit in.

One possible advantage for Iowa is that incoming 2007 recruit, Dairese Gary, plays in the same AAU Indiana Elite team as does Liggins. Gary also was in town for the Wisconsin game and escorted Liggins around the Iowa campus.

"He just told me to come with him," Liggins said of Gary. "He told me Coach Alford is a nice guy. He's been to the NBA. He knows what it takes to get to the NBA."

As with many recruits, Liggins enjoyed the hospitality in Iowa City.

"They're great people," he said.

Liggins said that he is doing well academically but still needs to qualify.

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