Devin Coleman Recaps Weekend in Iowa City

After having to cancel a trip to Iowa City in May, Devin Coleman finally got to visit with the Hawkeyes over the weekend. The '11 guard from Philadelphia saw a lot on his tour. Hawkeye Insider caught up with him to find out what he thought about it and where they Hawkeyes stand in regards to his recruitment. Get the latest in this update.

After visiting Iowa City this weekend, Devin Coleman felt the same way about the Hawkeyes as he had before the trip.

"They were on top before I went out there and that didn't change," the 6-foot-3, 175-pound, Class of 2011 combo guard said. "They're still No. 1 on my list."

That's good news for the Iowa coaches, who sometimes have to deal with the stereotype of the Midwest when recruiting players from either coast.

"It was really nice," the Philadelphia resident said of Iowa City. "There's this perception out there that it's all corn fields. The place is really lively and like any other city you'd go to." ranks Coleman as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. He holds offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Temple, St. Joseph's, and LaSalle, to name a few.

"Iowa is my favorite," he said. "I like Minnesota, too, although I haven't talked to them as much. I also like Temple as well."

Coleman visited St. John's and Rutgers earlier this month and Big East schools could start offering him scholarships if he puts together a good summer of AAU ball.

"That could change things, but it's not an automatic," Coleman said. "As I've said before, building a relationship with coaches takes time. I've done with Coach (Fran) McCaffery. I feel very comfortable with him and that would take time with another staff."

McCaffery and Andrew Francis, an assistant he brought to Iowa from Siena when he took the Hawkeye job this spring, were recruiting Coleman to the upstate New York school. They knew it would be tough to land him.

"I told them at Siena that I wanted to play in a big conference," Coleman said. "Well, now they're in the Big Ten and it doesn't get any bigger than that."

The Iowa staff showed Coleman the construction of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where there's a renovation taking place and a practice facility being built. He received a campus tour and met with academic advisors.

"The academic building just for athletes was great," Coleman said. "The schools I've been to, you see maybe a room or two for athletes to use."

Coleman shot around at Carver with incoming Iowa freshmen Melsahn Besabe and Zach McCabe during his visit. He did not play any pick-up ball with the team.

"My parents really like it, too," Coleman said of the visit. "They actually felt very comfortable with the coaching staff prior to us going out there. They were really pleased to see it was a nice area. They got a good explanation of academics and medical attention and other things available for their kid."

While the visit further cemented Coleman's belief in McCaffery and his staff, the Philly guard held off making a decision about his future.

"I haven't even thought about putting a date on when I'm going to commit somewhere," he said. "When I feel comfortable with a school and have absolutely no questions in my mind, I'll make a decision."

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