Iowa coaches and fans anxiously are awaiting the Hawkeyes' first commitment in the 2011 basketball recruiting class. That day might not be far off.
Illinois combo guard Macari Brooks said he will be sending his transcripts to the school today (Wednesday). The staff is telling him a scholarship offer could follow if everything checks out on the academic front, he said.
And if the opportunity comes…
"They're the favorite and if they offer I'll probably commit," Brooks said. "They want to bring me out for a visit in the middle of this month, but I'd probably commit before then. I have family out that way."
One of Brooks' relatives attends Blackhawk Community College. Others live in the Hawkeye State.
"That's a big reason why I like Iowa," Brooks said. "It would be excellent to go to a place where I already have family."
The Iowa coaches watched Brooks closely this summer.
"They saw me quite a bit at the Merrillville (Ind.) tournament," the 6-foot-2, 165-pounder said. " They like my unselfishness, how I shoot it and how I handle it with both hands. They like how I play on both ends of the ball and they need a player like that."
"I'm a combo guard that can play on both ends," Brooks said of his game. "I can get to the hole or shoot from the outside and I'm clutch. I'm tough on D. I would say my game resembles Monta Ellis."
Brooks was slowed by an ankle injury this summer that he suffered at the Peach Jam. He said he was playing at about 75-80 percent for the last month or so.
"I probably wasn't able to show all of my skills, but I was able to show my toughness playing through the injury," Brooks said.
Brooks played last season for Rich South High School but was dismissed from the institution during last school year: Brooks Dismissed.