Aaron Fuller Commits to Iowa

Iowa has received a commitment from fast rising Arizona combo forward Aaron Fuller. Iowa offered Fuller approximately five weeks ago, and visited Iowa this weekend. This was a story of 'love at first sight', according to those familiar with the recruitment. We spoke with Van Coleman, who has seen Fuller play, to get his first hand analysis as to what type of player Iowa is getting...

According to a source close to the the program and confirmed in a text message late last night, Arizona combo forward Aaron Fuller has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes after visiting the Iowa City campus this past weekend.

Fuller who said over the weekend that he felt really comfortable with the Hawkeye staff, players, and the campus and fans decided not to take any other visits and will sign with Iowa next month.

Fuller chose Iowa (the first school to offer and that he visited) over interest from Michigan, Rutgers, Texas A&M, and Washington State.

On the season, Fuller has turned in big numbers, averaging 23.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per/game, while shooting an amazing 62% from the field for his 16-9 Mesa club.

Fuller's top performances this season included a 40 point, 15 rebound performance in a win over Hamilton HS, 64-62, and also an eye-popping 46 point, 19 rebound performance recently in a win over Westwood HS, 75-49.

We spoke with CSTV.com's Van Coleman this morning to get his reaction and insight into Fuller, as Coleman has seen the Arizona prep play on numerous occasions. He is our interview with Van:

What took Aaron from a mid-major prospect to a player that can play in the Big Ten?

The big difference for Aaron, last summer when I saw him with his AAU team, he played on the inside. He was their post guy. Great feet, can score with either hand around the bucket. What you wondered at that point, even though he was athletic and had great bounce, was could he move away from the basket, because that was going to be the difference between a mid-major player and a high major player. What he has done and has shown in this high school season is the ability to go out and play on the perimeter, knock down the three on occasion, he can put it on the floor…he is a really aggressive player on the baseline from 15-feet to the hoop. That has been the big improvement in his game.

They have allowed him to have that freedom this year in high school, something that the high school coach told me early on, they gave him just a little bit of that last year and this year they said for us to be good, we had to have that from him. He has been over 40 a few times, he is a double-double almost every night out and that is with double and triple teams so many times from the teams they have been facing.

He is not as big as Jarryd Cole, and doesn't have that ‘ready for the big ten body' yet, does he have three skills, or budding three skills, where do you see him next year and down the road?

I think coming in he is a lot like the Landry kid at Wisconsin . A guy that was on the thin side and has now filled out to about 225. I think he is in the same position that Landry was coming into Wisconsin . He is a four initially, he will be a three-four down the road in the league and he will work on his ball handling to have the ability to not just shoot the jumper but to go to the hoop strong off the dribble. That will allow him to be the there in a big lineup, the four in a small lineup. I see him as interchangeable with Jarryd next year. We don't know how soon Jarryd will be back with that ACL, so this is a nice insurance policy at worst for next year, but they can play beside one another. Fuller can be a 12/8 guy as a freshman by midseason if he gets the system down.

What has his competition been like in high school, related to Iowa ? Class 3-A, 4-a?

3-A or 4-A, a mix. Mesa is one of the larger schools in the state, so he has played against good competition year in and year out. He has gone against a number of PAC 10 players. It's not the same as in New York , but its still a high level.

Van's comments from speaking with Aaron's high school coach (Shane Burcar) this morning:

"Aaron fell in love with the coaches, the facilities and the environment. He said it felt like a great place to go to school and develop his basketball skills. One thing people haven't seen of Aaron is that he is a great scorer off the dribble…he has had to play inside in HS and summer…this kid has the ability to go outside and make the shot, which people have seen, but can attack basket off dribble and has that intermediate range shooting.


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