Melsahn Basabe Follows McCaffery to Iowa

After visiting Iowa City this week, Melsahn Basabe felt comfortable enough to commit to the Hawkeyes on Saturday. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from New York became new Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery's first commitment at the Big Ten school.

Melsahn Basabe might not follow Fran McCaffery to the end of the earth, but on Saturday the 2010 recruit proved that he'd trail the coach to his new location in Iowa City.

Basabe announced his decision publicly on his twitter account and I was able to confirm that news with an assistant coach at his high school. The Glen Cove, N.Y. native became McCaffery's first commitment at Iowa after being his last signee at Siena back in November.

Basabe told me late last night that he was still thinking about his college decision after visiting Iowa City for three days this week. He returned home Friday feeling good about what he saw in Hawkeye Land.

"I walked away impressed," he said last night of his official visit to 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."

We're hoping that McCaffery received a call before the twitter post Saturday afternoon. Basabe's commitment seemed likely after he asked for his release from Siena and said he would look at Iowa before considering any other schools. Boston College and St. John's were thought to be interested in the St. Mark‘s (Mass.) product.

"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," Basabe said last night about his meetings with McCaffery while in Iowa City. "We did talk about his plans at Iowa, but as far as style and system, I know that."

Basabe claims one of four 2010 scholarships available to be filled by McCaffery, who took over at Iowa in mid-March. The late signing period concludes on May 19th.

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