IOWA CITY — Four 2014 prospects will visit Iowa this weekend in a vital recruiting period for the men’s basketball program.
Shooting guards Brady Ellingson (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) and Scott Lindsay (6-5, 180), forward Dominique Uhl (6-8, 185) and power forward Tory Miller (6-8, 247) all are taking official visits to Iowa City this weekend. Iowa has four scholarships available for the 2014 class.
Miller is a Kansas City-area native who now plays at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep. He’s wide-bodied but can shoot mid-range jumpers and run the floor.
“He’s something Iowa doesn’t have,” said Hawkeye Report Publisher Tom Kakert, who covers basketball recruiting for the Rivals-affiliated website. “He’s kind of that Ed Horton-Jarryd Cole-ish kind of player. He’s more of a bigger body, stronger, physical; he’s bigger than Jarryd was. A little taller, a little more physically developed, I think.”
Miller also has offers from Colorado, Marquette, Miami (Fla.) and Arizona State, where he visited last week.
Uhl originally is from Germany and now resides in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Several schools, including current and future Big Ten foes Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Maryland, are vying for his services. Uhl already visited Boston College and will visit Temple next week.
Kakert said Uhl competed hard against top-35 national recruit Goodluck Okonoboh, which opened a lot of eyes nationally.
“Uhl is a long, athletic kid,” Kakert said. “He kind of blew up in July.”
Lindsay, a Chicagoland prep from Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick, is combo guard and is down to three schools — Iowa, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. He will take official visits to the other schools next month.
“He’s really long,” Kakert said. “Long arms, real good athlete. Just a natural scorer off the wing. He can really shoot it, and is pretty good at getting to the basket. He’s just one of those guys that’s natural scorer. He was the leading scorer at the NYLA Summer Jam, which was a loaded event. He averaged 20 points per game. He can fill it up.”
Ellingson hails from Sussex, Wis., and has had mild interest nationally. He’s taken just one visit to the University of San Diego but Missouri and Utah also have offered Ellingson a scholarship.
“He’s one of the best shooters in the 2014 class,” Kakert said. “Everybody I’ve talked to has said that. In terms at the high school level, he’s a pure shooter, got pretty good handles, good competitor.”
After losing out on four-star point guard Tyler Ulis (who picked Kentucky over Iowa) last week, Iowa has moved on to point guard Riley LaChance (6-2) from Brookfield, Wis. LaChance already has visited Michigan State and Vanderbilt and heads to Minnesota this weekend. He and Ellingson play on the same AAU select squad. LaChance will visit Iowa later this month.
Despite no early commitments, Kakert said Iowa is not behind in recruiting.
“I wouldn’t panic; it’s just a matter of all these moving parts,” Kakert said. “It only feels that way because they missed out on Ulis, and they threw so much into that recruitment. But by the end of this month, they’ll probably have a couple of commitments on the board. If you get halfway home by the end of September, that’s pretty good in my opinion.”
Recruits can sign letters of intent beginning Nov. 13.
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