Austin Angel Impressed with Iowa Visit

The state of Iowa boasts an unusually large crop of DI talent in the 2012 recruiting class. That doesn't mean the Hawkeyes aren't looking outside the boarders. They hosted a sharp shooting guard from Illinois this weekend in Austin Angel. Read what the unofficial visitor said about the trip in this premium recruiting update.

Austin Angel isn't old enough to legally drive. He is able to scope out potential colleges, though.

The 15-year old is receiving looks from some big basketball programs. Iowa is one of them.

"I though the visit went great," said, Angel, who came to Iowa City on Saturday to check out the Hawkeyes. "The atmosphere was great. The fans came out. We got to meet the players. We got to see the football stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. I liked everything about it."

The Hawkeyes are attempting to tap back into an Illinois Rising Stars AAU program that recently has proven to be fruitful. Incoming freshman point guard Cully Payne is an alumnus as his 2010 verbal Ben Brust.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Angel from Rockford, Ill., recently started getting interest from Iowa.

"I received a questionnaire from them during my AAU season, probably in August," the Class of 2012 shooting guard said. "They came in and watched an open gym of mine a week ago. They asked me to come up to watch a football game for an unofficial visit."

The Hawkeyes did not extend a scholarship offer.

"They told me that I am highly recruited by them," Angel said. "They are looking forward to watching me play this season and coming to more of my open gyms. They really want me to be one of their players, but an offer was not made."

Besides Iowa, Angel, about a week ago, unofficially visited Michigan, where he attended an elite camp in the summer. He reports that Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue are in contact with him.

"As of right now, I have no offers that have been straight out made to me," Angel said. "I have been told that I'm highly recruited by Illinois, Michigan and Iowa."

Angel has not visited Illinois, but said he is in contact to make an unofficial visit to Champaign in "the not to distant future."

Angel will turn 16 in about a month. He really wants to take his time in choosing a school.

"What I've always thought about recruiting is that my doors are open to anything," Angel said. "I have an open mind to anything and everything. I'm not going to verbally commit and make my complete decision until I know that I'm one hundred percent sure on the college.

"I would like to build a relationship with my college first, as well, not just openly verbal to a college at such a young age. I'd like to see everything around the campuses. I want to get a feel for everything before I make my complete decision."

Angel describes himself as a player that fits nicely into the Iowa system of Coach Todd Lickliter.

"I think that I move without the ball very well," he said. "I like to come off of screens. I like to catch and shoot. I can also shoot off of the dribble and drive to the hole, which the coaches find impressive that I can do the outside shot and have inside game. With my size, if I have a smaller guard on me I like to post up and keep my defender guessing.

"On defense, I love locking players up and stopping them from scoring throughout quarters, throughout halves, throughout games. That's my game."

He also believes in the philosophy of Lickliter and his staff.

"When Coach Walt (Chad Walthall) showed me the locker room, every turn that I took there was a sign that had team unity or something related to the unity of the team," Angel said. "The whole team, all they stressed was a family bond. That's what I really liked to see because that's how a team wins games.

"You don't win by one player. You win as a team. That's one thing I really loved seeing when I went into the locker room. That's what really stood out for me."

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