Zach McCabe Joins Hawkeye Nation

Zach McCabe played well enough at recent AAU Tournaments to receiver offers from Minnesota, Virginia and Arizona State, among others. In the end, the Sioux City native decided home state Iowa was the place for him. Haweye Nation Senior Writer Rob Howe caught up with McCabe to discuss his decision. Read what the newest Hawkeye had to say in this premium Q&A.

Q: When did you make your decision to attend Iowa?

Zach McCabe: I made it at about 12:30 (p.m.) today.

Q: Was it the completion of a process you had gone through with your parents and coaches the last few days? How did it come down?

ZM: You know, I've always liked Iowa. I always had this gut feeling that Iowa was the place for me. That's what I was kind of talking with my parents about. They were going with me anywhere I went (meaning they were fine with his decision no matter what). They just helped me a lot with my decision.

Q: What was it about Iowa that put it ahead of the other schools?

ZM: For me, I've always been a Hawkeye fan. That's my first thing. Whenever I went to Iowa City, I loved going to the football games and stuff. I kind of got that little tingling sensation when I was there. It kind of gives me this feeling. I like Coach (Todd) Lickliter and the direction he's taking this program. It sounds like they're going the way that they want to. That was a big part for me. I want to help them go in the right direction and leave a big mark on the program.

Q:I think you might have made some of Hawkeye Nation uneasy when we last talked. You said that you were looking for some offers from bigger schools and I think some Iowa fans took that to mean you wanted something better than the school for which they root. Can you kind of explain the process? Were you trying to prove to yourself that you could get those offers?

ZM: For me, it wasn't proving something. I really needed more time to think. I wanted to think this through. I know it's a big process. I wanted to make sure I was going to the right place and it was somewhere that I really wanted to go to. I wanted to make sure I wasn't looking back and stuff. I think I just needed more time. On the way, I kind of got all of these offers. That was my thought process.

Q: What did it mean to you to get some of those offers?

ZM: It was very flattering that I could have the chance to play at those other big schools in other big conferences. It was pretty flattering, but I want to go to Iowa and help take this program back to where it was back in the day.

Q: Was the recruiting process a difficult one?

ZM: Yeah, it was a difficult process. It was stressful at times. But looking back on it now, I feel like I made the right decision. Iowa is the place for me and that's where I want to go.

Q: I know you still have a year of high school left to play, but where do you see yourself fitting into this program? What have the coaches told you about where they see you?

ZM: They told me I'm kind of their three-, four-kind of-person. I can do a lot of things. I can rebound. I can meet the pass and pass. I can shoot and play D. That's what they want to do and that's what I want to do, too.

Q: What is your relationship like with Brennan (Cougill) and did he factor into your decision at all?

ZM: He factored a little bit. He says that he's having fun down there and that they're playing real well. He said they're going in the right direction. He was sending me texts through the summer. They were encouraging. He kind of helped a little bit, but at the same time this is kind of what I wanted to do.

Q: How did you tell the Iowa coaches you were coming and what was their reaction?

ZM: I called Coach Lickliter and told him I wanted to be a Hawkeye. He was so excited, he said. He said I made his day and that he was the happiest guy right now. They're real excited that I want to go there.

Q: What do you know about the other guys in your recruiting class?

ZM: I actually played Ben Brust in Chicago (at an AAU tournament last week). I like the way that he plays. He can drive and dish and he can shoot the ball pretty well. I've seen Cody Larson play also. He's very athletic. He's got a knack for big plays. I haven't seen Roy Marble play yet, so I'm looking forward to seeing that.

You had a lot of schools coming after you lately. Are you solid with this Iowa commit?

ZM: Solid. Very solid.

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