In a few months, Isaiah Roby and Noah McCarty will be renewing their rivalry on the court. They're two of the top performers in their area of Illinois.
They know each other's games well. Part of that comes from teaming up with the Quad City Elite AAU program.
"We grew up in the same area," Roby said. "We played against each other all of our lives. We always talk smack to each other during high school season and then being able to come together on the AAU team is kind of fun."
The 6-foot-6 Roby plays at Dixon High while McCarty runs with Sterling Newman. The towns sit less than 15 miles apart.
Before their sophomore seasons got under way, the Class of 2016 forwards visited Iowa together on Friday. Roby and McCarty sat together at the Black and Gold Blowout.
"I thought the crowd was really into it," Roby said. "They have a really nice fan base. I really like the facilities. Their arena was really nice. I like their locker room a lot, too."
The Hawkeyes jumped into Roby's recruitment this summer. Assistant Andrew Francis has led the way.
"I went to a camp and then after that they started calling me,'" Roby said. "Coach Francis gave me his number and he told me to call him. My mom has talked to him. I talked to him a couple of times. I think they're at least a little bit interested."
Francis invited Roby to Iowa City for the Blowout.
"I talked to Coach Fran (McCaffery) a little bit," Roby said. "We didn't talk about much. We were just getting to know each other and stuff.
I talked to Coach Francis. He's the coach I'm in contact with the most. I also talked to Coach (Sherman) Dillard."
Roby visited Northern Illinois a few weeks ago. He hasn't set up any more trips with his high school season getting close to starting.
"Creighton has called Coach Logan (Wynn of Quad City Elite)," Roby said. "They told him that I'm on their watch list. Northern Iowa's Coach (P.J.) Hogan came in and watched me at open gym. My high school coach talked to Iowa State. I've also heard from Augustana, U-W Oshkosh and Northern Colorado. "
The Northern Illinois staff told Roby they are recruiting him as a wing.
"In high school I play 1-5 depending on match-ups," Roby said. "In AAU, I played in the post and on the wing. I didn't play point guard in AAU."
Doctors told Roby there's room in his growth plate to add a few inches to his frame. With his skill set, that's probably a reason why college programs already have jumped in with the talented sophomore.
"I kind of like it," Roby said. "With schools already recruiting me, it makes me want to work even harder to be offered a spot on the team."
Roby said Francis extended him an open invitation to return to Iowa.
"He said if we want to come back down to just call," Roby said. "I kind of want to go to a game. I want to see what that's like."