Decision time for Bohannon, Smith

Highly touted junior guards could make back-to-back decisions this week; Bohannon press conference set

Jason Bohannon, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard from Marion, Iowa, will announce his college decision at a press conference at Linn-Mar High School at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Bohannon, a three-star class of 2006 prospect according to Scout.com, is expected to choose Wisconsin over Stanford and Iowa.

Bohannon did not return a phone call Monday evening. However, less than two weeks ago Scout.com's Stanford publication, TheBootleg.com, reported that UW was Bohannon's presumed leader.

"I don't want to say they are my favorite," Bohannon told TheBootleg, "but there is a lot there I like. They've been recruiting me for so long, and just how things are starting to play out. They are definitely starting to be more detailed in how I would fit in their program — as a point guard or shooting guard, and stuff like that."

Bohannon has only taken two official visits — a trip to Wisconsin this past Thursday and Friday and a late January visit to Stanford. As of late April, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Northern Iowa and Vanderbilt had visited Linn-Mar during the spring evaluation period.

Stanford has long been one of Bohannon's favorites, but as TheBootleg has reported, he has been awaiting word on his application.

Jason Bohannon's father, Gordy Bohannon, played quarterback at Iowa, and was a Hawkeyes' field general during the 1981 Big Ten championship run.

As a sophomore, Jason Bohannon helped guide Linn-Mar to a state championship, averaging 16.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in a 24-3 season. He averaged 22.6 points per game this season as the Lions (24-2) reached the state title game but lost to Bettendorf 81-60.

In an Associated Press story that ran last May, Linn-Mar coach Mark Hutcheson had this to say about Bohannon: "Honestly as an eighth grader I could look at him and say, ‘That's one of the most skilled players I'll ever coach.'"

Another top-notch class of 2006 combo guard could make his decision this week, with speculation that Jerry Smith, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect from Wauwatosa (Wis.) East High School, will host a press conference as early as Wednesday. Smith is expected to decide between Wisconsin and Wake Forest.

A phone call Monday afternoon to Smith's prep coach, George Haas, was not returned. Smith was not available for a telephone interview Monday evening.

Smith took an official visit to Wake Forest last month and an official to Wisconsin this past weekend. An all-state first-team selection, Smith averaged 19.3 points per game in leading Tosa East to a 20-3 overall record.

Smith is a four-star prospect and the No. 11 shooting guard in the class of 2006, according to Scout.com. Also a potential point guard, he is ranked No. 48 overall.


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