It looks like former Iowa Quarterback Gordy Bohannon is going to get out of paying college tuition for a second son.
Zach Bohannon, a 6-7 forward from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, received a scholarship offer last week to play basketball at the University of Albany in upstate New York. It was his first offer. His brother Jason Bohannon just completed his second season at Wisconsin this past winter.
The younger Bohannon visited Albany last weekend and took in a team practice before the Rumble in the Bronx Tournament.
"It was a long time waiting," Bohannon said of his first offer. "My brother Jason already had five at this same point (in the recruiting process). So, there was kind of an unwanted pressure on me to live up to his (accomplishments). It's nice knowing now that my education is paid for. I don't have to put my parents through the stress of paying for my education."
Bohannon feels confident that more offers are on the way. He said that the schools calling him the most are North Dakota State, Davidson, Columbia, Cornell and Drake, who he says really has picked up their recruitment of him in the last couple of months. Navy and Stanford also have called.
Iowa offered Jason a scholarship and has kept tabs on Zach's development.
"I have had no contact with Iowa up to this point," Zach said. "I know they're looking away from Iowa kids right now. They got the big guy (Brennan Cougill, Sioux City Heelan) they wanted in our grade and then after that they're looking for athletic forwards in our grade. I kind of knew from the beginning (that the Hawkeyes probably wouldn't offer)."
Bohannon said he'd never count anything out in terms of his recruitment, but he doubts he'll end up at the school his parents attended.
"I'm looking at the schools that are recruiting me now," he said. "They're some of the ones that have recruited me the longest. That's a big factor. If Iowa did come with an offer, it would be hard to turn down. I would take a look but I don't know how much."
Bohannon said that he is going to wait as long as he can before making a college selection.
"I really want to go through the July recruiting period and wouldn't make a decision before August unless something comes up where I feel it's the ideal situation for me like it was for my brother when he committed to Wisconsin," Bohannon said.
Through the first 22 games of last season, Bohannon averaged about 15 points and nine rebounds for Linn-Mar.