Iowa Extends Offer to 2011 Philly Guard

New Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery returned home to offer a scholarship to a Philadelphia guard. Devin Coleman talked about McCaffery and the Hawkeyes in this premium recruiting update.

When you're a Philadelphia area player and Big Five schools offer you scholarships, it's sometimes tough to say no. Devin Coleman is prepared to do that if it feels right.

"I don't think I would say that just because they offered that's where I'm going," said Coleman, who has rides on the table from three of the Big Five - Temple, St. Joe's and LaSalle. "No school has an advantage right now. It's going to come down to where I feel the most comfortable."

The 2011 combo guard recently added Iowa to a list of scholarship offers which includes Delaware, Drexel, Siena and St. Bonaventure. He received his Siena offer from Fran McCaffery, who became Iowa's head coach last month.

"They recruited me at Siena since the middle of my sophomore year," the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Friends' Central said. "They let me know that they were taking things out there and that they're going to continue to recruit me."

Coleman admitted he knows very little about the Hawkeyes.

"I'm looking forward to visiting out there so I can learn some more," Coleman said. "We haven't talked much about what they plan for me out there. I hope we can get into that when I go out for the visit."

Even though Coleman needs to familiarize himself more with Iowa, he already has a idea of what the basketball will be like in Hawkeye Land.

"I only have what I saw at Siena to base it off," Coleman said. "I know there they had athletes that would get out and run. That suits my game. I definitely like that."

Coleman plays the off guard with his high school team, which has two smaller players to run the point. He says he can play the lead.

"I want to go to a place where I feel the most comfortable with the coaches and the others because I'll be spending a lot of time with them," Coleman said. "I also want to go to a place where they'll best prepare me for the next level."

Coleman is playing for the Team Phenom AAU program in Philly this spring and summer. It's a busy time.

"I supposed to talk with the Iowa coaches soon to set up a visit," he said. "It could be tough with the AAU schedule, but I want to get out there as soon as possible."


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