Shelby Moats Impressed By Iowa Visit

2011 forward Shelby Moats is getting closer to narrowing down his list of potential college destinations. The Minnesota native visited Iowa City over the weekend to see what the Hawkeyes had to offer. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Moats to see how he liked his trip.

Living in Minnesota, Shelby Moats is well aware of Iowa's recent struggles on the court. They don't scare him.

"They've got a new coach and they're going to change the way that they play," the 2011 forward said. "They have new ideas and a new approach, so who knows? They might be back on top quickly."

Moats visited Iowa and Creighton on Friday before traveling to visit a grandfather in Nebraska during the weekend. Hawkeye Insider caught up with him on his car ride home to Minnesota on Monday.

"I really liked it," the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder said of his Iowa City stop. "I was pretty excited to see it. Coach (Fran) McCaffery was on vacation with family, but the assistants did a nice job of showing me the facilities.

"I got to see the learning center and the business school. They showed me all the upgrades happening at the arena and the new practice facility being built. I was impressed."

Moats also liked what he saw in Omaha.

"Their head coach and main assistant weren't there, either," he said. "But the assistants showed me around campus. I got to see the Qwest Center. That was really nice."

Moats reports that Iowa, Minnesota, Butler, Washington State, Utah and Rutgers are among his 20 scholarship offers.

"I'm going to sign in November and hopefully get the decision out of the way before the start of basketball season," Moats said. "I'm still sorting through what I heard from coaches during the July period and want to narrow my list down and take some early (official) visits. People have told me that I won't need all five (officials), but we'll see what happens."

Moats wants to be able to talk to and ask questions of the head coaches and get a look at campuses when school is in session.

"I would like something with a bigger city feel," Moats said. "I don't want to be in the middle of nowhere."

Moats describes himself as a player that can perform with his back to the basket or facing up.

"I'm a pretty good shooter and defender," he said.

Moats also likes an up-temp style.

"That's really what I've gotten used to playing in AAU," he said. "I can move for a big guy. The quicker and more high scoring the game, the more interesting it is."

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