Iowa Inquiring About Illinois Point Guard

With plenty of room on the roster, new Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery is looking far and wide for 2011 prospects. He inquired this week about an Illinois point guard who has gained more attention since the end of his junior season. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Benet Academy's David Sobolewski to get the latest on his recruitment.

David Sobolewski won't compare himself to other players. He feels that's for someone else to do.

Gene Heidkamp obliges.

"I think it's a realistic comparison," the Benet High Coach said of his point guard Sobolewski playing like Iowa's Cully Payne. "I think he fits that mold."

Sobolewski led Benet to the Illinois Class 4A supersectional in March. In his school's five-game, playoff run, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard averaged 27 points and five assists.

"I played pretty well and I think I opened some eyes," the Class of 2011 recruit said. "It was nice to see all the work that we put in, and me personally, paid off."

Heidkamp said his floor leader has been offered scholarships from four Missouri Valley Conference schools and other mid-majors from around the country. The coach believed that Sobolewski was capable playing at the BCS level.

"I think he's an exceptional player," Heidkamp said. "I think there's concern about his size, and maybe his quickness, but I think he can play himself up a level with a good AAU summer."

Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Notre Dame and Boston College all have shown interest in Sobolewski, Heidkamp said.

"And the Ivy League is all over him with his 31 ACT and 4.2 GPA," the coach added.

"This July is huge for me," Sobolewski said. "I've had some coaches say I'm taking a chance waiting through July (to make a decision), but I wanted to take a chance. I looked at the positives and negatives and felt I could live with the results."

Sobolewski goes up against highly-rated 2011 guards Tracy Abrams and Chasson Randle at practice for their Illinois Wolves AAU team. Abrams is a University of Illinois verbal and Randle holds offers from a who's who of college programs.

"I feel like I hold my own," Sobolewski said. "And it's not only playing against them, I feel like I play well when we're playing with each other."

Sobolewski said he will narrow his list of prospective schools after the July AAU program. He's interested in the Hawkeyes, who recently got involved with him.

"I hear they're supposed to call in the next few days," Sobolewski said of Iowa. "It's definitely something I'm intrigued by. Playing in the Big Ten is hard to beat."

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