DeJuan Marrero wanted to make it clear that even though he was at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last week, it was not a recruiting visit. The 2012 forward was along for the ride.
"I was with my eighth-grade coach and we were taking some guys out to a prep school in Iowa," Marrero said. "We stopped at Iowa on the way back because the coach knew an Iowa assistant (Andrew Francis). They were talking. I didn't really talk to the assistant."
Despite the nature of his Iowa trip, Marrero reports that Iowa is recruiting him. Sherman Dillard is leading the Hawkeyes' pursuit.
"I plan to go back (to Iowa) on an unofficial, most definitely," the Gary, Ind. product said. "I'm looking forward to it."
"Iowa has told me that they're going to recruit me hard," Marrero said. "They're going to keep an eye on me and do everything they can to keep me in the Big Ten."
Marrero said he likes Iowa's up-tempo style.
"I like to get up and down," he said. "I'd like to find a coach that welcomes you and is looking at your best interests. It's not just about basketball. It's about helping you in life, making you a better person."
Marrero said his post play is the most advanced aspect of his game.
"(Scouts) say that I have a good motor and that I play hard every possession," he said. "I can get to the rim well. Right now, I'm working on my perimeter skills because I'll be a three in college."