IOWA CITY, Ia. - Kirkwood Coach Doug Wagemester cringed a little Friday when watching a local news station interview guard Kaylon Williams about his recruitment.
Williams, a personable athlete who hails from Cedar Rapids, looked uncomfortable at times during the piece. He was being asked about the possibility of going to Iowa just a few hours after it was announced that Anthony Tucker was leaving the Hawkeyes.
Williams was made aware of Tucker's departure during the interview. He was put on the spot of answering whether or not he would take an Iowa offer if it came to him.
"His recruitment is kind of all over the place right now," Wagemester said. "There have been a lot of schools that have sincere interest and have spent a lot of time recruiting him. There are a lot of schools that are inquiring about him, you know, asking for transcripts and video.
"At this point, I don't think I'd even put Iowa in the inquiring category."
Williams prepped at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and accepted a scholarship offer to Evansville. After a strong freshman season with the Purple Aces, he transferred to Kirkwood to be closer to home. He stated that he wanted to play at another Division I school nearer to Iowa than is Indiana.
Williams' declaration of being closer to home sparked some Iowa fans to wonder if he'd end up with the Hawkeyes. After the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder visited and sat behind the Iowa bench for a game last month, speculation of him playing in Carver-Hawkeye picked up again. Tucker's transfer then stoked the fire some more.
"I'm not saying he couldn't play down there or if he could help them out or not," Wagemester said. "He just has schools recruiting him hard and Iowa isn't one of them."
Kirkwood's coach decided against listing Williams' suitors right now. He didn't want to leave anyone out, but said there are around a dozen programs pushing hard for his services. He classified the schools as being "mid-level."
"At this point, the visit is as far as it's gotten (with Iowa)," Wagemester said. "There's not been any activity outside of that. Things could always change, but that's the way it is right now."
The Iowa coaches are prohibited from talking about recruits who have yet to sign national letters of intent per NCAA rules.