McCabe Still Mulling Over Options

To some, Zach McCabe looks like the final piece to the Hawkeyes' 2010 Class. HN.com caught up with McCabe on Wednesday during an AAU Tournament in Milwaukee to find out where he stood in his recruiting process. Read what the Sioux City Heelan star had to say in this premium update feature.

With his team off to a 3-0 start at an AAU event in Milwaukee, Zach McCabe took timeout between games on Wednesday to contemplate his future. The Sioux City Heelan star was speaking with his AAU Coach Jake Sullivan about possible college choices.

McCabe (6-6, 205) received scholarship offers from Iowa, Northern Iowa, Indiana State and Butler before he arrived at this week's The Next Level Invitational tournament. Since showing up their on Monday, Nevada-Reno and Rice also have extended offers.

"Right now, I'm just seeing what happens at this tournament," McCabe said. "I'm just going to see what else is going to go on during July. I'm basically seeing what happens after this tournament, and then I might have to start eliminating (schools) or make a pick."

The Hawkeyes received two verbal commitments last week. Ben Brust and Roy Marble joined Cody Larson in the 2010 class.

Marble decided a day after Brust, stating that he was concerned that his offer might be snatched up by somebody else with an Iowa offer. Although that thought has crossed McCabe's mind, he's not going to let it dictate his decision.

"That kind of worries me a little bit," McCabe said. "It worries me, but at the same time, I'll know when the time is right. If Iowa can wait for me, that's great. If they can't, I'll have to just move on."

Notre Dame had been looking at McCabe quite a bit and was thought to be one of his favorite destinations although they had not offered.

"I haven't heard from them in a while," McCabe said. "They're kind of out of my picture right now. I haven't heard from them or seen them for quite a while. I think they're kind of shying away from me."

Indiana and Purdue also showed interest in McCabe this spring, but he said he had not heard from those Hoosier State schools in quite some time.

McCabe runs with the All-Iowa Attack AAU Program, where he played with Ames standout Harrison Barnes until this summer. Now more of a focal point of the Attack, McCabe hopes to impress college scouts this month.

"I kind of have the thing that I've got mid-major schools and Iowa is the only Big Ten school to offer me," McCabe said. "Some people think that I can't play at that high of a level. I just want to show people that I can play at that high of a level or maybe even higher than that."

McCabe averaged about 16 points, nine boards and six assists for Heelan's state championship team this winter that also featured incoming Iowa freshman Brennan Cougill. He visited Arizona State and Wisconsin, unofficially, in June and has seen a lot of eyes on him in Milwaukee.

"I've heard schools are interested," McCabe said. "My AAU Coach, Jake Sullivan, is saying there are a lot of schools interested. They want to see me play. That's just kind of what I'm hearing right now.

"My thinking is that I'm just waiting for if I'm comfortable with the college. If I know that's where I want to go, then I'll pick that school."

Although he doesn't have his possible destinations ranked into a Top 5, McCabe knows the schools he likes. Iowa is one of those.

"They are one of my top choices," McCabe said. "I like Iowa. I've been to Iowa City many times. I've always loved going there. I like the university and all of that stuff."

What McCabe does not know is when he'll pick a school.

"It kind of varies for me," he said. "It could be next week. I don't know. I'm just seeing what I have. It might come in a couple of days. It might not. We're just talking about it right now."


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