JUCO Guard CoCo Ware Hanging in with Hawks

CoCo Ware's name has been bandied about in Iowa basketball recruiting conversations for the last few weeks. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the JUCO guard from Mississippi to find out the latest on his process. Find out where he stands with Iowa and Iowa stands with him in this update.

CoCo Ware is willing to wait for Iowa. With the end of the late signing period approaching on Wednesday, the junior college guard from Mississippi expects his recruitment to continue past the deadline.

"Right now, it looks like I'm going to wait a little longer," the East Mississippi Community College standout said.

Iowa contacted Ware on Thursday or Friday, he couldn‘t remember the exact day.

"They told me they liked what they saw on my tapes but they're still going over the tapes and evaluating them," said Ware, who has not received an Iowa scholarship offer. "They said once they are done with that, they will let me know. They said they will let me know sometime this week and that they didn't want to lead me on,"

Meanwhile, fellow junior college guard Anthony Salter holds a Hawkeye offer after visiting the school last weekend. He's on a visit to Hawaii this weekend and talks about the Rainbows in these articles: Link 1 and Link 2 from Sunday.

On the surface, it appears that if Salter passes on Iowa, Ware likely gets an offer. Ware holds offers from Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State.

"I'm going to wait to see what (the Hawkeyes) are going to do first and then I'll make a decision from there," said Ware, who has made it clear he would commit to Iowa if the program offered him a scholarship.

Ware said that he's heard from a lot of Hawkeye fans since his name popped up as a recruiting possibility a few weeks ago.

"Seems like I get something on my Facebook every day (from an Iowa fan)," Ware said. "They say they want me to be a Hawkeye. I'd love to be up there."

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

When I spoke with Ware and East Mississippi Assistant Jeremy Shulman earlier this month, it was thought that the combo guard would only have one year of eligibility remaining. Since then, they have appealed for an extra year.

Ware, 22, originally attended Meridian Community College after graduating high school in 2005. He attended school there for a year. And although he was a member of the team, he never played.

"I went down there to play for the guy and he was screwing me around," Ware said. "He didn't play me and then I come to find out that I shouldn't even have been in that school."

In 2008, Ware finally arrived at East Mississippi, where he played for two seasons, the only ones during which he's competed on a collegiate level.

"I think I have a good chance (at getting another year)," Ware said. "I think I deserve it."

Ware graduated with an associates degree from East Mississippi last weekend. He hoped the next step was to find a place to play Division I basketball.

"It's been real frustrating," Ware said of earning high accolades last season and getting mixed signals in recruiting. "I lot of schools contact me but they don't follow up. It probably has something to do with the eligibility, but I'm not sure.

"I really just pray every night. I know the right thing is going to happen."

He hopes that thing is an Iowa offer.


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