Report: Atwood to announce Thursday

Cole Huff to visit Iowa on May 2, per AAU coach

Connors State forward Willie Atwood
Connors State forward Willie Atwood

IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball target Willie Atwood is expected to announce his college decision on Thursday.

Atwood, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound sophomore power forward, played at Connors State (Okla.) College this year. He visited Iowa in late March, Florida State two weeks ago and Arizona State last weekend. All three remain in play for Atwood, who was named a third-team NJCAA All-American this year.

Atwood averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game over his two seasons at Connors State. He had 11 double-doubles as a sophomore and scored 41 points in a game against Independence Community College. He shot 57.6 percent from the floor, 27.3 percent from 3-point range and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Iowa also will welcome a visit from Nevada transfer Cole Huff the weekend of May 2, according to a tweet by his AAU coach, Clint Parks.

Huff, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound sophomore forward, averaged 12.4 points, shot 56 3-pointers and grabbed 5.4 rebounds a game for the Wolf Pack, who were 15-17 last season. He hails from Altadena, Calif. Parks tweeted that Huff will visit Creighton this weekend and Dayton on May 9.

Atwood immediately would be eligible for next year, while Huff must sit out one season.

The Hawkeyes have two scholarships available for the upcoming season. Iowa already has one commit for the 2015-15 class in junior forward Brandon Hutton, who attends Chicago’s De La Salle High School. Hutton averaged 14.7 points a game and is considered a talented defender.

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