Jarrod Uthoff gives out information about his favorite college destinations about as well as a champion poker player. It's tough to tell what either is holding.
Where does Iowa stand with you?
"They're up there," he said.
Where does Iowa State stand with you?
"They're right up there," he said.
Where does Wisconsin stand with you?
"They're right up there, too," he said.
I laugh. Uthoff laughs. You get the idea.
The 2011 forward from Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Jefferson High has "blown up" on the recruiting trail since the beginning of the AAU season. He's picked off scholarship offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Butler, Creighton, Northern Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. The Badgers and the Hawkeyes came in over the weekend following visits.
"It's been pretty crazy," said Uthoff, who also is hearing frequently from Northwestern, California, Minnesota and Harvard. "A lot of schools are interested. It's going to make the decision that much tougher."
Uthoff said he didn't anticipate the Iowa and Wisconsin offers coming. He started the weekend on Saturday in Madison.
"It was a pretty neat campus," he said. "I like how it's situated between the two lakes. It was really nice."
Uthoff met with the whole Badger staff and spent extra time with head coach Bo Ryan.
"He's a pretty fun guy," Uthoff said. "We talked about how he sees me fitting into the Wisconsin program and the style they play. We also had some casual conversation."
Ryan told Uthoff that he likes the 6-foot-8, 200-pounder's versatile game.
"He said that a lot of their big guys come out to the outside," Uthoff said. "It helps that I have perimeter skills."
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery requested a visit from Uthoff. That happened on Sunday.
"It just turned out that's when I had the time," Uthoff said. "I got to talk to Coach McCaffery for a while. He told me he'd love to have me as a Hawkeye. He said I can run the court, I can see the court and I'm versatile."
Uthoff said he doesn't have a preference about style of play. As mentioned earlier, there are no schools that stand out to him at this point.
"I'm going to narrow my list of schools down to 3 or 5 by the end of June," Uthoff said. "I plan to make a decision by the middle of July."