Hawkeyes Looking to Get in with Kaminsky

Another name has surfaced as a possible 2011 target for the University of Iowa. The Hawkeye coaches recently contacted Illinois big man, Frank Kaminsky, and are trying to enter the recruitment of this rising talent. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Kaminsky and his prep coach at Benet Academy in order to bring you the latest.

Benet Academy Coach Gene Heidkamp tried his best to downplay Frank Kaminsky's potential. As our conversation went on, however, the 2011 forward's high ceiling proved difficult to keep under wraps.

"He's going to be 7-feet, 250 pounds once he gets onto a high major training table," Heidkamp said of the 6-10, 225-pounder. "He's a post player with a skill set to play inside or out. He's a very good passer, he handles it well and he can shoot the 3-pointer."

Schools have taken notice and recruiting has picked up since the spring. Wisconsin, Northwestern, DePaul, Bradley and Northern Illinois have extended scholarship offers.

"(The recruiting process) has gone really well," Kaminsky said. "I'm hearing from a lot more people than I expected. It started out slow, but has picked up."

A growth spurt saw Kaminsky sprout to 6-10 from 6-5 as a sophomore. He also gained exposure from Benet's run to the Illinois super regional, where it lost in double overtime to Chicago Simeon High.

"I'm looking for the best combination of basketball and academics," Kaminksy said of what's important to him in the recruiting process. "It's important how I feel about a school and if my parents can agree on what I think. They're pretty honest with me about the schools they think I should be involved with."

Iowa has entered the picture in the recruitment of the talented big man, Heidkamp said.

"They called," Kaminsky said. "I have to call them back. It's been a busy last couple of days, but I will do that. I'm interested in them as I am with all of the schools interested in me. I grew up a Big Ten fan."

While Kaminksy says he's wide open in terms of his recruitment, he has twice visited Wisconsin and the Badgers have made a strong push for his services.

"Things have really picked up on the high major level," Heidkamp said. "We've been in contact with California schools, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest. I think he intends to visit Indiana."

Kaminsky prefers a system that utilizes four players on the perimeter and one post, but he's open to all styles. He has no timetable for his decision.

"I really don't have a preference," Kaminsky said. "If I find something I like and my parents can agree on it, I don't see any point in waiting."


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