Connections Could Help Hawks with Barron

Fran McCaffery and his staff are in hot pursuit of some standout guards in the Midwest as the Class of 2011 sets up official visits. One of the targets is Carbondale, Ill. perimeter star Bruce Barron. He has a connection at Iowa and that could help the Hawkeyes. Get the latest in this recruiting update.

If connections mean anything, Iowa might have a decent shot of landing Bruce Barron.

Barron's high school coach at Brehm Prep, Aaron Lee, has long been friends with Hawkeye Assistant Sherman Dillard.

"I've known Sherman for many years," Lee said. "He's known about Bruce for a long time, but he just got to Iowa this year. I would see Sherman at different camps in the summer and he always helped me with talent evaluation. He's been a great asset through the years. He's been instrumental in helping my guys out."

Lee coached AAU basketball before taking over at Brehm. Dillard's last job was working for Nike, a sponsor for some big evaluation events.

"Iowa is a player for Bruce," Lee said. "Me and Bruce both have had great conversations with Sherman. In fact, I need to call (Dillard) tonight (Monday) to talk about Bruce.

"People might look at Iowa as down, but Bruce could be part of the foundation of getting the program turned around. Iowa was tough when Coach (Tom) Davis was there with B.J. Armstrong and Kevin Gamble and those guys. I know if Bruce went there he would be in great hands on and off the court with Sherman."

While it's nice to be involved in the discussion for Barron, Iowa still is playing catch-up in his recruitment. That's the case for new head coach Fran McCaffery and his staff since taking over in March and trying to connect with the 2011 class.

Lee describes Barron as a confident leader. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Carbondale, Ill. product likes to get his teammates involved, can get to the basket and also hit the three, his coach said.

"Bruce is one of our best players, but he's also one of our hardest workers," Lee said. "He takes charges. He dives for loose balls. He runs into the stands."

Lee reported offers for Barron from Oklahoma State, Marquette, DePaul, Nevada, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Oregon and Iowa.

"Oklahoma State is the leader," Lee said. "There's no question about that."

Lee said that Barron will use his five official visits allowed by NCAA rules. So, will Iowa be one of the stops.

"I‘ll let you know in a few weeks," Lee said. "You never know."

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