On the Basketball Recruiting Trail

Not to look too far ahead into the future, but the Iowa Hawkeyes will see some new faces join the basketball program next season.

Out with the two seniors guards Chauncey Leslie and Josh Kimm from this year's squad, and in with guards Mike Henderson, Ben Rand and post players Erek Hansen and Nick Dewitz. Not to mention Pierre Pierce will also rejoin the Hawkeyes team after redshirting during the 2002-03 season.

Who else are the Hawkeyes looking at after that? That is a question that many Hawkeye fans are interested in finding out, so here you go.

Dorell Wright 6-6 SR WF Lawndale, CA Leuzinger

Wright is definitely on the Hawkeyes radar screen. However, the athletic wing forward from has some major issues to contend with on the academic front. More than likely, Wright will attend a prep school or a junior college next year. Long Beach State and Fresno State are the other two schools in Wright's final three. He has only made one official visit, and that was to Long Beach State back in October.

Maurice Shaw 6-9 SR C/PF Tacoma, WA Lincoln

Shaw is an interesting character that for sure. Due to family situations, Shaw has attended high schools in Fresno, CA, Phoenix, AZ and now Seattle, WA. Shaw is definitely a scoring threat down low and a major presence on the boards as he averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds last season at Phoenix, AZ Gilbert. Shaw attended the Nike All American Camp last summer in Indianapolis, IN and was one of the best post players in attendance. He is physical, tough, and athletic around the basket. He also showed a nice variety of scoring moves in the post, including jump hooks and baseline jumpers. He improved his stock with his play at the Nike Camp. Other than Iowa, such schools that have showed interest in Shaw are Indiana, San Jose State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Washington, and Arizona State.

J.R. Angle 6-6 JR WF Trafalgar, IN Indian Creek

Angle committed to Iowa at the start of his sophomore year of high school. Angle, who attended the 2002 Nike Hoop Jamboree for underclassmen, is known as a good passer and has continued to work on becoming a reliable shooter. He has the ability to score in bunches, and has basketball smarts needed to play in the Big Ten. Angle, was also one of only five sophomores to play at the USA Youth Developmental Festival last year in Colorado Springs, CO.

Doug Thomas 6-8 PF Southeastern CC, IA

Thomas, who prepped at Christian Faith Academy in Creedmore, NC last season, committed to the Hawkeyes last spring. Due to academic problems, he is at Southeastern CC in Burlington, IA working on his grades, as well as his basketball skills. According to the coaching staff at Southeastern CC, Thomas has made numerous strides in the past six months in both the classroom and on the basketball court, and is still strongly committed to the Hawkeyes.

A.J. Ratliff 6-2 JR CG Indianapolis, IN North Central

Known as a very talented combo guard who has the ability to get to the basket and finish, as well as knock the three point shot down with regularity. However, Ratliff is known more for his defense. His cat like quickness and ability to anticipate make him a tough defensive player. Ratliff, averaged 15 points and four rebounds last season as a sophomore, and is listed by numerous recruiting websites as the top junior in the state of Indiana. Michigan State, North Carolina State, Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Iowa State, Notre Dame and Memphis as schools that are currently recruiting him as well as the Hawkeyes. Iowa has offered a scholarship to Ratliff.

Carlton Reed 6-3 JR WG Waterloo, IA East

Reed is currently the backcourt running mate of future Iowa Hawkeye Mike Henderson at Waterloo, IA East. Reed averaged just over 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists for the Trojans during the 2001-02 campaign. Last season he also helped the Trojans reach the finals of the Class 4A state championship game, and was named to the All Tournament Team. Reed is also known as one of the best defenders in the Mississippi Valley Conference. With his play last season in the state tournament, Reed really expanded his game and caught the eyes of not only the Hawkeyes, but numerous other schools as well. Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Kansas, Valparaiso, Wyoming, Iowa State, Stanford, St. Louis and Drake all have shown interest in the dynamic junior guard. Iowa has offered a scholarship to Reed.

Alex Thompson 6-8 JR CF Ames, IA

Thompson, who transferred from Gilbert, IA to Ames last season, had to sit out half of his sophomore season because of the Iowa High School Athletic Associations rule concerning transfers. However, once able to play during the second semester, Thompson finished his sophomore season averaging just over eight points per game. With his tremendous upside and play in AAU ball last summer many coaches have expressed interest in Thompson. Other than the Hawkeyes, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State have shown early interest in the 6-8 combo forward. Thompson played along side current Hawkeye walk-on freshman guard Chris Warren last season in high school. Iowa has offered a scholarship to Thompson.

The Hawkeyes are also hot on the trail of two of the top sophomores in the state of Indiana. Josh McRoberts, a 6-9 205 pound center from Carmel, IN has already taken an unofficial visit to Iowa this fall, and Luke Zeller, a 6-11 200 pound center from Washington, IN has yet to visit Iowa this fall, but has paid the Hawkeyes two unofficial visits in the past.

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