Basabe Processing Visit to Iowa City

Melsahn Basabe, who committed to Fran McCaffery at Siena last year, visited the coach's new digs in Iowa this week. The 2010 forward target now is deciding whether or not he'll follow McCaffery to the Big Ten. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the New York native late Friday night and filed this recruiting update.

When I spoke with Melsahn Basabe a few weeks ago, the 2010 basketball recruit told Hawkeye Insider that he would visit Iowa before determining if he needed to see other schools prior to making his choice.

After seeing Iowa for three days this week, the 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward still was deciding whether or not he'd keep looking around when I spoke with him late Friday night.

"Well, we'll know if I commit to Iowa," Basabe said. "If I don't commit, I'll open up my recruitment and look around. We'll find out the answer to that question if I commit."

I spoke with someone close to Basabe this week who indicated that Boston College and St. John's were among schools showing interest in landing him.

Basabe came into Iowa City on Tuesday and left Friday morning. He took in a lot.

"I saw all the facilities, the academic side, the campus and the night life downtown," he said. "I really liked the people. I got to meet some (basketball) alums (didn't remember names). The weather was beautiful."

Basabe didn't need to familiarize himself with the Iowa head coach. He committed to Fran McCaffery at Siena last year before being granted his release when the coach was hired by the Hawkeyes.

"We really didn't need to go over a lot," Basabe said. "He liked me enough to bring me to Siena and I liked him enough to go there. I think we believe in each other.

"He didn't need to give me a sales pitch because I've asked all the questions I needed to ask about him a while ago. We did talk about his plans at Iowa, but as far as style and system, I know that."

Basabe said he hit it off with the players and got to watch them work out a few times.

"That was pretty cool," he said.

Basabe was impressed with his first look at Iowa.

"Like I've said before, I really wanted to see what Iowa was like," he said. "It was beautiful."

Basabe said that he's going to sit down with his family and coaches and decide his next step - committing to Iowa or continue looking around. He returned to his home in Glen Cove, N.Y. before heading back to school at St. Mark's in Southborough, Mass.

"I walked away impressed," he said of Iowa. "Now I need to talk about my decision and decide if I'll commit. I'm not sure when that will happen, but if I commit, Coach McCaffery will be the first to know."


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