Two Iowa basketball scholarships opened up for the Class of 2010 on Friday when Aaron Fuller asked out of his scholarship and recruit Cody Larson requested and was granted a release from his letter of intent. A familiar face might be back in line to become a Hawkeye.
Iowa Central Community College Coach Dennis Pilcher said the Hawkeyes have been in contact with him in regards to combo guard Kurt Alexander, a first-team JUCO all-American last season.
"I got a call from the Iowa assistant on Friday, but have not heard back from him," Pilcher said.
Newly hired assistant Andrew Francis has been in contact with Alexander, who verbally committed to North Dakota State in late March. Illinois Coach Bruce Weber was scheduled to visit the Toronto native on Friday but had to cancel his trip, Pilcher said. Alexander visited Drake last week.
"Yeah, he originally committed to North Dakota, but he's changed his mind and opened it back up," Pilcher said. "What can you do? He's set to make his decision (Monday) night."
Alexander averaged 19 points a game as a sophomore. He gained a lot of exposure after dropping 43 points on Kirkwood in early February.
Pilcher said that Alexander has secured a scholarship offer from Drake but to the coach's knowledge, Illinois and Iowa have yet to offer. Recently fired Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter and his staff were evaluating the Central guard before their dismissal and were close to offering him.
I got the sense from my conversation with Pilcher that he's stepped aside from Alexander's recruitment a bit and was not happy he de-committed from NDSU. While the player told his coach that a decision was coming Monday night, which it very well might and likely would be Drake, Iowa and Illinois still are involved as are others.