In Iowa’s 4A bracket a potential Kansas recruit saw his season come to close on Saturday when Bettendorf topped Linn-Mar 81-60 ending the Lions’ season with a 24-2 record.
Junior guard Jason Bohannon posted his usual 20 points in the loss, but it was not enough to give Linn-Mar back to back state titles.
“It was a disappointing way to finish a great year,” said Bohannon. “We had a very successful season with a record of 24-1 heading into the title game, but we came out flat, and that really hurt our chances. But getting second isn’t all that bad.
Bohannon put the loss in perspective remembering that 99% of all the other teams in the state would love to be in Linn-Mar’s shoes – winners of 41 of their last 43 games and owner’s of a second-place state finish.
“You’ve gotta think about all the teams that would have loved to make it as far as we did. Even though we came up short, it was definitely a good run.”
With the season now behind him, Bohannon will get ready for a busy spring and summer of playing AAU ball and sorting through which college programs are worth a visit. The 6-3 Iowa standout has received offers from Stanford, Iowa, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin and has already taken a visit to check out The Cardinal up close. Kansas and UCONN have also shown interest, but one program that has recently stepped up their pursuit of Bohannon appears to NC State.
“NC State hasn’t offered yet, but they’ve been talking a lot and keeping in touch and want me to come out in the spring,” Bohannon said.
The three-star stud was impressed with the Wolfpack’s upset of UCONN on Sunday.
“It’s a big one,” Bohannon said of the win. “Getting a big victory like that was really impressive.”
So just how much stock does a recruit like Bohannon put into a team’s deep tournament run or in other cases, early exit?
“I don’t think (I consider it very much). I’ve tried not to base any of my decisions on a program’s tournament success. What I look most at is how the school sits with me, what I think of the program and the university.”
Another important element in making his decision will be how he interacts with the coaching staffs at his prospective schools.
“The coaching is also important,” admitted Bohannon. “I want to see how I can relate on a social level and player/coach level. The family atmosphere is important to me. I’m curious how the players interact with each other and that sort of thing.”
Bohannon thinks highly of Kansas and its coaching staff, but isn’t sure if they’re as interested in him as some of his other suitors might be.
“They send stuff quite a bit,” Bohannon said of the Jayhawks. “It’s a good program. It’s somewhere that I’m definitely interested in. They haven’t showed as much interest as the other schools though.”
If that interest increases, Bohannon might consider visiting KU. The junior guard hopes to take at least one visit this spring and would like to wrap up his decision in the late summer or early fall.
“I might take one or two visits this spring. It really depends on how strongly I feel about the school and what my schedule is like.”
That schedule will be a busy one with plenty of events on his calendar as a member of the Martin Brothers AAU team. Check back soon for more on Bohannon’s recruitment and the summer results for this proven winner at Iowa’s 4A high school level.