A Big Weekend Coming Up for Hoops Recruiting

While the homecoming football game against Michigan on Oct. 10 looms large for the Hawkeyes on the gridiron and in recruiting, it will serve as an important time for Iowa basketball as well. Get the lowdown on the latest hoops recruiting news in this premium update.

The Iowa football team will have company in hosting some key recruits during the homecoming game against Michigan on Oct. 10. It's also a big weekend for the Hawkeye basketball program.

The Iowa hoopsters will play host to five important prospects. Three of the visitors – Adam Woodbury, Marcus Paige and Cody Zeller hold Hawkeye offers. Mike Gesell and Peter Jok come to town seeking offers.

Zellar is the only one in the group in the 2011 class. Woodbury, Paige and Gesell are ‘12 and Jok is ‘13. Also Iowa will bring in its complete '10 class for official visits during the homecoming weekend. That group includes Cody Larson, Ben Brust, Zach McCabe and Roy Marble Jr.

Iowa finds itself in an interesting recruiting position. With the '10 class locked up, you'd think the Hawkeyes would focus on the '11 group. Not so fast, my friends.

As of today, Iowa should have two rides available for '11. That doesn't mean it will use both. It also remains possible that an early commitment from the '12 group could change the direction of the '11 pursuit.

Zellar and Chasson Randle are the only '11 class members with Iowa offers. The program is interested in guys like Jake White and Justin Gant, but need to do more evaluation on those guys and others to see if they fit into the plans.

One of the variables that has the Hawkeyes being patient is that two of their main recruiting areas – Iowa and Minnesota – are lacking top prospects in the '11 class. Illinois, another state that's been good to the program, is top heavy and many of those prospects have cut their lists to a few schools that don't include Iowa.

Another factor that probably will guide Iowa's desires for '11 is the performance of this year's team. Iowa brings in four new players this season and have others that will play new positions.

Iowa needs to see if Cully Payne can play 30 minutes a game at point guard and if shooting guard Anthony Tucker can back him up at that position. If not, maybe the Hawkeyes pursue a point guard for '11.

Can Brennan Cougill rebound and defend well enough to get extended minutes? Will Andrew Brommer take a big enough step forward this season to give the program a reliable post for the next three more years?

Iowa is likely to take a look at the junior college ranks as well.

Unless the Hawkeyes get Zeller or Randle, I wouldn't expect Iowa to grab a '11 before the end of the season. It's more likely they will become more aggressive in that class come next spring.


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