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Hawkeyes pounding pavement for 2011 recruits

[ 10 ] February 24, 2011 |

College basketball recruiting analyst Van Coleman saw proof recently of just how determined Fran McCaffery is to add to Iowa’s 2011 recruiting class.

“I just did two articles on backcourt and frontcourt kids and 20 kids had Iowa mentioned,” Coleman said of players still unsigned from the 2011 high school senior class. “They’re working it and that’s just what fans need to know.

“Now it’s got to be deciding who you’re going to bring in and who do you have the best chance to sign.”

A high school point guard from Houston, one from southern California and a prep school point guard from Massachusetts by way of Montenegro, are just three of the players being recruited by the Iowa coaches.

Coleman said a member of the Iowa staff just recently was in Texas to evaluate 6-foot senior Anthony Collins, who at least one recruiting service ranks as the No. 2 point guard in the Houston area.

“They have a chance,” Coleman said of Iowa landing Collins, who attends Westbury Christian High School in Houston. “It’s just who are they going to move on. When you’re recruiting 10 or 12 kids and you’ve been out to look at them, you’re trying to decide which ones are going to be the ones.”

Iowa also is reportedly recruiting 5-11 high school senior point Cezar Guerrero from Bellflower, Calif., and 6-1 Andrej Pajovic, who attends a prep school in Massachusetts.

Guerrero once was committed to Western Kentucky, but now is exploring his options. He has a number of schools showing interest, including UCLA and Kansas.

Pajovic is currently in his final season at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts. He is averaging 22 points and six assists per game and is ranked among the top 25 recruits in Massachusetts by the New England Recruiting Report.

“There are schools all over the map who are looking at Andrej,” Wilbraham & Monson coach Chris Sparks told Warrior Insider.com, which covers the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team. “He has a real good feel for the game. He’s a capable shooter with some range. And he’s a real effective leader.”

In addition to Iowa and Hawaii, Pajovic is also being recruited by San Diego, Utah State and several mid-major schools, according Warrior Insider.com.

Sparks said Pajovic’s assist-to-turnover ratio is almost 2-to-1 this season.

“He’s just terrific in terms of running a team and taking care of the ball,” Sparks told Warrior Insider.com. “We’ve got a bunch of talented kids. But Andrej is the guy that makes the team better.”

Pajovic was a starter on Montenegro’s 16-under National Team before coming to the United States.

McCaffery, in his first season as the Iowa coach, wants to sign two players this spring, preferably a guard and a frontline player. McCaffery already signed two high school seniors in November, including 6-5 shooting guard Josh Oglesby from Cedar Rapids Washington.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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