Jarryd Cole Ready to Listen to New Iowa Coach

Last week, it seemed like a long shot that Jarryd Cole would stay with his Iowa commitment. Having had a some time to think about it, the KC recruit is willing to listen to the new Hawkeye coach and has not written off the black and gold. Read Cole's thoughts in this premium update.

Last week, Jarryd Cole felt pretty iffy about his chances of sticking with his Iowa commitment. Almost a week later, the Kansas City power forward feels better about the Hawkeyes having had time to think about it.

Cole signed a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes in November, but that commitment took a hit when Coach Steve Alford exited Iowa City for New Mexico last week.

"I'm still thinking about what I want to do," Cole said. "I want to wait and see what kind of coach comes in; if his system fits me or if I can fall into his system. I also want to make sure he's interested in me. I don't want to go to a place where I'm not wanted. If I feel wanted, I'll probably stay."

Cole said he fits best in a half-court style of offense better than a run-and-gun system.

Alford and his Associate Head Coach Craig Neal are trying to lure Cole and fellow '07 commit Jake Kelly to Albuquerque.

"It could be an option," Cole said. "I'm not sure if that's where I want to be at, but perhaps. They explained to me that it's a basketball school and you don't have to deal with football. They're putting a bunch of money in their arena and building a practice facility that will open this year. That sounds good."

Like Kelly, Cole isn't sure he wants to go all the way to New Mexico and hinted that he might have some other options outside of Iowa and the Lobos.

"Yeah, there could be some other schools out there," he said. "I don't want to go into any names, but there could be someone else."

Cole said he was offered scholarships by Southern Illinois, Clemson, Kansas State and Missouri before committing to Iowa. He did say that he didn't think Missouri still was an option.

Again, like Kelly, Cole is interested in speaking with Iowa's new coach, and I feel a lot better about him being a Hawkeye than I did last week.

He had not been contacted by AD Gary Barta or anybody else from Iowa as of Tuesday night.

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