Mississippi JC Guard Hearing from Hawkeyes

East Mississippi Community College combo guard CoCo Ware is hearing from Iowa. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Starkville native and his coach to find out the latest. Find out what they had to say in this recruiting update.

With Melsahn Basabe in the fold, Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery is searching high and low for a guard that can help the team in 2010-11. That quest reaches to the South.

East Mississippi Community College combo guard CoCo Ware is hearing from the Hawkeyes.

"Yeah, Iowa has now become involved with the recruitment of CoCo," East Assistant Coach Jeremy Shulman told Hawkeye Insider by email. "We are very excited about that. Coach Andrew Francis at Iowa has been the one talking with CoCo."

Ware earned first-team NJCAA all-American honors after averaging 20.2 points per game this season. He was named the Region 23 player of the year.

Ware is graduating after seven semesters at junior college, Shulman said. He would have a year of eligibility to play Division I basketball.

"Iowa knows this, but is really interested in CoCo's talents and is recruiting him to step in an help the Hawkeyes win during that one year.," Shulman said.

Ware hails from Starkville. He holds offers from Jacksonsville State, Mississippi Valley State and Tennessee State. He does not have a Hawkeye offer.

"I've talked to the (Hawkeyes)," he said. "I'd love to hear from them a lot more."

Iowa could use some experienced help in the backcourt next season. The Hawkeyes have sophomore-to-be Cully Payne as their only true point guard.

Iowa lost two walk-on guards to transfer in Nick Neari and John Lickliter and likely will miss out on Ben Brust, who signed with Iowa in November but now is looking around.

Roy Marble Jr. comes in as a freshman guard this season and Iowa could add an experienced walk-on like Jordan Stoermer from Iowa City West and Kirkwood.

"I play the two, but I'm a combo guard," said the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Ware. "I can score a lot of different ways, and I also get others involved. I like to get up and down the floor and play man-to-man defense."

The late signing period ends May 19th. Iowa has three available scholarships for ‘10 after gaining the Basabe commitment on Saturday.

"I'm still looking around, but I'll be looking to make a decision here soon," Ware said. "It will come down to the best school that offers me."

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