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Top junior college recruit could pick Iowa

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

Junior-college basketball forward Willie Atwood is expected to announce his choice for college Wednesday, according to a post on Twitter by Brad Winton from JucoRecruiting.com.

“Willie Atwood (6’8/F/2014) of Connors State will announce his decision tomorrow,” Winton said on Twitter. “Deciding between Iowa, Arizona State and Florida State.”

ASUDevils.com. also reported on Twitter that Atwood was expected to announce his decision Wednesday between, Iowa, Florida State and Arizona State. Helping to give its report credibility is the fact that Atwood also retweeted it on his Twitter account.

The Memphis native is trying to choose between Iowa, Florida State and Arizona State after visiting all three schools in that order this spring.

Atwood made an official visit to the University of Iowa on the final weekend in March. He visited Florida State on the weekend of April 11, and Arizona State this past weekend.

Atwood hasn’t responded to multiple interview requests from members of the Iowa media since visiting the UI campus. He spoke to the Iowa media in the days leading up to his visit, but not since then, at least not publicly.

Hawkeye fans are hoping that Atwood’s friendship with Iowa point guard recruit Trey Dickerson will pay dividends. Dickerson signed a national letter of intent with Iowa on April 16 after playing his freshman season at Williston State College in North Dakota, where he also earned third-team junior-college All-America accolades.

Dickerson and Atwood have talked about playing together at the same Division I school. Dickerson also was asking Iowa fans Tuesday to show Atwood love on Twitter. Atwood has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Dickerson was the third player to join Iowa’s 2014 recruiting class. High school senior forward Dominique Uhl and high school senior shooting guard Brady Ellingson both signed with Iowa during the early signing period in November.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery still has two scholarships available. He gained one when sophomore-to-be forward Kyle Meyer announced recently that he would transfer at the end of the spring semester.

Iowa is considered one of the favorites to land 6-foot-8 forward Cole Huff, who is transferring after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Nevada.

Huff’s AAU coach, Clint Parks, said on Twitter that Huff has scheduled visits to Creighton this weekend, Iowa for the weekend of May 2, and to Dayton the following weekend. Parks said Huff still was trying to figure out dates to visit Vanderbilt.

Huff also has been granted a release by Nevada to speak with coaches from Michigan and Nebraska.

Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore this past season, earning honorable mention all-Mountain West recognition. He also shot an impressive 40.3 percent from 3-point range and 82.2 percent from the free throw line.

Huff would have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.

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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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