Eric Katenda showed up on Iowa fans' radar shortly after Fran McCaffery took the coaching reigns in the spring. His AAU teammate and fellow member of the 2011 recruiting class has become a player with whom the Hawkeye faithful should become familiar.
Tyler Harris received an Iowa scholarship offer recently. The Dix Hills, NY product sounded interested in the Hawkeyes.
"I don't know much about them yet," the 6-foot-8, 175-pound forward said. "I'm starting to learn more. I want to go on a visit there, probably in August."
Harris is the younger brother of Tobias Harris, a star member of the ‘10 Class who signed with Bruce Pearl at Tennessee. Tyler said the Volunteers are recruiting him and he reports offers from North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Florida, Connecticut, Siena, Boston College, Seton Hall and Iowa.
"I don't have a top school or schools," Tyler said. "I'm open with all the schools and am just looking around. No school stands out."
Harris has unofficially visited North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State. He returned home in the early morning hours Thursday from the Peach Jam in South Carolina. He and his City Rocks teammates missed the playoffs with a 2-3 record playing without Katenda, who still is recovering from appendicitis.
"We did alright," Harris said. "I did pretty well. In the games I played well, I shot it well, ran the floor and rebounded."
Scout.com ranks Harris as the 21st best player at his position nationally in his class. He's a three star recruit on the service's five-star scale.
"I'm a shooter that can play multiple positions," Harris said. "I like to run the floor and take people off of the dribble."
Harris said that McCaffery wasn't recruiting him when he was coaching at Siena.
"It's just been since they went to Iowa," he said.
Tobias has assisted Tyler through the recruiting process and figures to lend a hand as his younger brother closes in on a decision.
"I learned a lot from when he was going on visits," Tyler said. "I got a good feel for what to look for. When I narrow it down, I think he'll help me find the best fit."
The younger Harris has formed a plan for the rest of his recruitment.
"Once this month is over, I'll take some visits in August and cut down my list," he said. "In September, I'll take some officials and cut it down again."
Distance from home could factor into Harris' decision.
"I'd like to be near home so my father can come see me play," he said. "He's a big part of this. But if the school that is best for me is away, that's just the way it'll be."