It appears like Iowa might be closing in on a prospect to fill one of its scholarships that opened up as a result of recent defections. Sources are telling HawkeyeInsider.com that Melsahn Basabe, a 2010 forward from New York, will ask out of his Siena letter of intent and visit the Hawkeyes within the next few weeks.
Basabe signed with the Saints in November. The coach was Fran McCaffery, who was hired by Iowa last month. Siena's lead recruiter for the 6-7 forward from New York was Andrew Francis, who joined the Hawkeye staff last week.
Basabe played for St. Mark's in Massachusetts. He spoke about McCaffery leaving Siena in this blog.
While Iowa might be the leader for Basabe, as it said in the blog, other schools are interested in his services. Basabe is a native of Glen Cove, New York.
Basabe and the Iowa coaches are prohibited from speaking about each other until the player is released from his letter of intent per NCAA rules.
Iowa has four open scholarships available in 2010. Three of those opened up in the last four days when recruits Ben Brust and Cody Larson asked out of their letters of intent and sophomore Aaron Fuller was released from his scholarship.