Going coast to coast in the United States, Iowa could land two French citizens in its 2011 recruiting class. The Hawkeye coaches already are in good standing with Connecticut Prep Eric Katenda and are establishing a relationship with Greg Sequele from Los Angeles.
"I've talked to Fran (McCaffery) as well as Andrew Francis," Ribet Academy Coach William Middlebrooks said. "Iowa's hasn't officially offered, but we hope that they do."
Sequele (Seh-Cool-Ay) moved to LA from France two years ago. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward enrolled at Ribet, a school comprised of about 50 percent international students.
"He's a great student and a high-character kid," Middlebrooks said. "He's very athletic. He's a get-his-elbow-over-the-rim type kid. There are a ton of schools on him right now."
Middlebrooks said his Class of 2011 product holds 12 official offers and many others high-major programs from around the country are poking around the standout Sequele runs with the Compton Magic AAU program, considered the top team in California. The exposure he receives in the next several months could bring many more opportunities.
"He's still developing, too," Middlebrooks said. "He's a perimeter player learning how to add a post game. He's got the 15-18 foot jumper down and can take you off the dribble as well. He's developing a little baby hook inside and his base is getting better where he can drop-step and dunk. He's already good at finishing around the rim and with put-back dunks."
Middlebrooks said that Sequele is adept at guarding on the perimeter.
"Sometimes when we play zone, I'll put him out top of the 1-2-2 or the 1-3-1," the coach said. "He's so long that he gives teams problems. He‘s still learning to defend in the post."
Middlebrooks said that Sequele's recruitment will remain "pretty open" at least until August.
"We're not really focusing on names right now," the coach said. "We're looking at style of play and at which schools are the most serious about recruiting him."
A particular playing style stands out to coach and student.
"We're looking for a team that likes to get up and down instead of walking it up," Middlebrooks said. "We want assistants that want to help kids get better. We don't want assistants that are going to get him on campus and then spend most of their time looking for the next recruit instead of developing the kids they have."
Middlebrooks said he's pretty well connected in basketball circles. He likes to contact alums from schools interested in his prospects to see what their experiences were like there.
Middlebrooks and Sequele plan to trim his list of potential colleges to five in August and the forward likely will sign a letter of intent during the early period in November.
"I have no interest at all in dragging it out," Middlebrooks said. "He can only take five (official) visits, so we'll probably get it down to five, maybe less. I'll have a lot of conversations with people in the next few months and we'll go from there."
Sequele's parents are in France. He stays with a host family in LA. Middlebrooks is guiding his recruiting process.