"We knew coach Gillispie very well," said Allan Markolf, "so Ian wanted to get up to Lexington to see what they had going up there. I did not go with him but I know he was impressed."
The elder Markolf said that Ian did receive a scholarship offer, "The visit to Kentucky was part three of a three-step recruiting process. We wanted to be methodical and careful about such an important decision. But I believe Ian plans to make his commitment known by November."
Allan Markolf said that Ian will be playing in a tournament in Denton, Tx. with the San Antonio Roadrunners this weekend, but will likely not play a heavy AAU Tournament circuit, "We have been advised that the coaches that are most interested in him will be at that tournament to evaluate him. At this point we don't feel the need to play a heavy summer schedule."
Markolf, listed at 6-foot-11 and 215 lbs on the Scout database, has filled out some since then, according to his father, "I don't know how others do it, but we measured Ian in his sock feet and he is a smidge over 7-feet tall right now and weighs 255-260. He has really good fundamentals and is improving. A scouting service here in Texas just raised him from the #12 overall ranked player in Texas to the #5 overall ranked player."
Scout currently has Ian listed as a three-star player ranked at #37 at his center position. "I think Ian's rankings may have suffered because of his injury," Allan Markolf said, "and maybe a bit because he doesn't play in as many tournaments as some of the others where the national guys see him more. Ian basically played in pain all last season with a back injury. He sat out most of the spring tournament schedule undergoing rehabilitation."
Allan Markolf indicated his son's rehabilitation is nearly complete.
In addition to Kentucky, Markolf has a growing list of suitors. Scout.com lists Auburn, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Stanford and Texas A&M besides the Wildcats. "Wisconsin is also very interested as well," the elder Markolf added.