Iowa could know as soon as early next week if junior college point guard Anthony Salter will be a member of the Hawkeyes. The Iowa Western Community College product will leave later this week for a trip to the University of Hawaii.
"After that, he'll sit down with us and we'll talk about the visits," Iowa Western Assistant Coach Michael Johnette said. "Right now, he's data collecting and seeing what they all have to offer. He's got a pretty wide range of interest and he understands what's important."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Salter visited Iowa last weekend and UNC-Charlotte before that. He also took an official to Auburn with whom he signed and then got out of his letter of intent after a coaching change.
"I'm not sure if he'll be done after Hawaii, but if I was a betting man it would probably come down to (Iowa, Charlotte and Hawaii)," Johnette said. "Logistically, he only has one official left and this point I'd say he'd not exercise that option."
Johnette said Salter has received scholarship offers from Iowa, Charlotte and Hawaii.
"It's been a whirlwind since the Auburn coaching change," Johnette said. "He had to go through the process of getting out of his commitment. That's taxing.
"He thought he found a home and that changed. He's going to take his time with this decision because he doesn't want to go through that again."
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Western boasted seven players heading to Division I schools this season. Johnette said Salter showed the skills to play at that level early on at the school.
"He's very fast with the basketball; one of those guys that's probably faster with the basketball than without it," Johnette said. "He's got a high major gear. He also has a mid-range game that you don't see a lot and that's his bread and butter.
"He shakes with the dribble to about 15 feet, pulls up and drills it. He's an offensive point guard first and not really a table setter. But he's gotten better at that. He still needs to work on decision making."
Johnette said that Salter plays strong defense against players similar to him and he has worked on his strength.
"It's kind of like the race car versus the bulldozer," the coach said. "If you don't catch the race car, he's going to win the race. But if the race car gets caught by the bulldozer…"
Johnette said Salter will graduate with his junior college degree shortly.
"He'll be academically eligible for the next level when he finishes up the session in a couple of weeks," the coach said.