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Latest update: July 30
The Iowa men’s basketball roster has just one player — Filip Rebraca — who has transferred in from another program, making it a bit of an anomaly in Division I.
The high school route has been the Fran McCaffery route for building a roster, and looks like it will remain that way based on how active Iowa has remained in recruiting preps.
On June 9, McCaffery got a verbal commitment from 2022 recruit Dasonte Bowen of Worcester, Mass. Here is a rundown of other players Iowa has been recruiting, with a lot of help from friends and strangers. This will be updated with each piece of new information.
Class of 2022
Josh Dix, 6-5, 185 pounds, 2022 recruit, Council Bluffs
Iowa wants this player.
Dix, a shooting guard, will make an official visit to Iowa Sept. 3-5. He got a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes in April, about the same time Purdue also offered. Wake Forest offered the week before. Minnesota has offered, too.
Dix also has visited Purdue and Wake Forest, and Drake is recruiting him. Drake has gotten pretty serious about men’s basketball, in case you missed it.
Dix averaged 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Council Bluffs Lincoln last season.
"I think my game would work well at Iowa because I feel like I can space the floor and also be able to create for others when needed, too,” Dix told Rob Howe of Hawkeye Nation. “I like the way they play. It's pretty free with a lot of shooting and making plays."
Jaxon Kohler, 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, American Fork, Utah
Iowa offered 4-star Kohler a scholarship on July 19. Also offering him are Wake Forest, Washington, USC, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and others.
Kohler will play at Southern California Academy this season.
Iowa has never had a player from American Fork.
Ahjany Lee, 6-8, 195 pounds, Byron, Minn.
Iowa was the first to offer Lee a scholarship, last August.
“They have a history of offering people early,” Lee told Jacob Polachek last summer. “Their best player, Luka Garza, was offered early. For them to offer me early, instead of other people that are a grade above me in my same position, it really reassures me about the player I am. They could’ve offered anybody else in my grade at my position and height, but they chose me. It really helps me know that I’m the good player that I think I am.”
Kansas offered Lee a scholarship in March. Kansas State followed suit in May, Stanford in June.
Aidan Shaw, 6-7, 170 pounds, Overland Park, Kan.
Shaw is a wing who was offered a scholarship by Iowa back in August 2019. Many others made such offers to him that year.
He’s a 4-star recruit who visited Iowa on June 23. He made official visits to Oklahoma State, Kansas and Missouri before that.
Shaw said recently that his final six schools are the aforementioned with Maryland and Arkansas.
247 sports says the four favorites don’t include Iowa.
Shaw played in the Pangos All-American Camp in Las Vegas, featuring 60 top preps. He recently announced he would attend Link Academy in Branson, Mo., for his senior season.
Jaden Schutt, 6-5, 180 pounds, Yorkville, Ill.
Iowa offered him a scholarship in June 2020. So did a ton of other schools, including several from the Big Ten.
Schutt announced on July 11 that Duke had offered him a scholarship.
The 3-star recruit visited Iowa on June 21, shortly after doing the same at Michigan State. He already has made an unofficials to Illinois, Purdue and Loyola Chicago.
Schutt is a shooter, which makes sense. He averaged 26.2 points and 7.9 rebounds last season for Yorkville Christian High.
In late July, Schutt told Stockrisers.com that Iowa, Duke, Illinois, Michigan State and Florida were heavily involved.
“They have been recruiting me for a while and I have enjoyed getting to know the coaches,” Schutt said, “and they always have a strong offensive team and Coach McCaffery has produced some great shooters.”
AJ Storr, 6-6, 200 pounds, Rockford, Ill.
Iowa offered 4-star Storr a scholarship on May 25.
The shooting guard moved to Arizona from Illinois last winter, and is moving on to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season.
Illinois was in on Storr the earliest and had a verbal commit for a while, but then Illini assistant coaches left the program, and the player opened it up to the world.
“I saw them a few times this past year and I really liked the way they play the game,” Storr told Hawkeye Report’s Tom Kakert. “I really liked Luka Garza and the way he played the game and I think I can fit best in the high tempo style of play.”
Illinois still is very much in the mix. Storr had an unofficial visit there last week.
"He has the same goals that I have,” Storr said. “To win a national championship & get me to the pros."
He has visited LSU, Kansas and Oklahoma. Others who have offered him include Arizona State, South Carolina and St. John’s. He had a visit to Kansas scheduled for late June.
Prince Aligbe, 6-6, 215 pounds, Minneapolis
This is a 4-star small forward with offers galore. Iowa’s came in 2019, but the Hawkeyes seem to be just one name in the crowd at this point.
Patrick Wessler, 7-0, 250, Matthews, N.C.
Wessler has a lot of offers, including Iowa. He seems to have Iowa on his list.
Reed Bailey, 6-7, 175, Groton, Mass.
Bailey is attending Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, the same school that Dasonte Bowen attends. Iowa and Maryland have offered him a scholarship, as have Virginia Tech, Seton Hall and California.
Zion Cruz, 6-3, 165, Princeton, N.J.
This is a 5-star. Iowa is one of many, many programs that have offered him. The Hawkeyes did so just over a year ago.
Tyler Nickel, 6-7, 210, Elkton, Va.
Iowa offered Nickel last year. On July 30, he announced his five finalists on Twitter.
The Hawkeyes are joined by Georgetown, LSU, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Nickel is scheduled to visit Iowa in mid-September.
Isaac Traudt, 6-9, 200, Grand Island, Neb.
Four-star basketball players can come from anywhere, even Grand Island, Neb.
Iowa offered Traudt a scholarship in September 2020. It is not alone.
Traudt has taken visits to Nebraska, Virginia, Michigan State and North Carolina.
Nebraska, by the way, is done being a Big Ten bottom-feeder. Fred Hoiberg is recruiting, and well.
Class of 2023
Omaha Biliew, 6-8, 205 pounds, Waukee
This is a big one, and a tough, tough get. Five-star recruits don’t spring up in Iowa all that often. In fact, the last one was Harrison Barnes in 2010. Barnes just finished his ninth season in the NBA.
Iowa offered Biliew a scholarship in 2019. When he was an eighth-grader. I wonder if IBM or Cardiff Electric ever offered jobs to eighth-graders.
Biliew was born in Omaha, but moved to Waukee when he was 5. He was a teammate of Hawkeye freshman Payton Sandfort at Waukee. He will transfer to Montverde Academy in Florida for the next school year. Former Montverde players include Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Cade Cunningham.
He took an unofficial visit to Iowa June 7 and took one to Iowa State on June 16.
Biliew said he wants to make an official visit to Nebraska in the fall for a Huskers football game.
Kentucky, Gonzaga and Ohio State have conversed with him. Did I mention he’s a 5-star? He’s been put in top 10s of the 2023 class by people who make such lists. For all we know, he’ll go straight to the pros.
Biliew is No. 7 on ESPN’s latest rankings of 2023 recruits.
Parker Friedrichsen, 6-4, 165 pounds, Bixby, Okla.
Iowa offered Friedrichsen a scholarship on July 25. He has picked up several offers this month, including from Oklahoma State, Illinois and Virginia Tech.
Gus Yalden, 6-8, 240 pounds, Appleton, Wis.
Another big one, another tough get. Yalden attends IMG Academy in Florida. Iowa offered him a scholarship last July. Hawkeye Nation reported he made an unofficial visit to Iowa on June 12, a day after visiting Nebraska. He also has visited Wisconsin and will visit Louisville.
Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Arkansas, Rutgers, Arizona, Notre Dame, and Virginia have all reached out to Yalden recently. He is a top-20 junior-to-be.
Taylor Bol Bowen, 6-9 forward, Jericho, Vt
Could Iowa have two Bowens? Why not, it had a good one in Ryan Bowen back in the Tom Davis era.
Like Dasonte Bowen, Taylor Bol Bowen is at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., which also is where current Hawkeye Josh Ogundele played. Iowa offered Bol Bowen a scholarship in April 2020 when he was a high school freshman. Offers from Penn State, Rutgers, LSU, Connecticut, Arkansas and Providence have followed. Ohio State, Oregon and USC have also entered the fray.
Bol Bowen’s wingspan is 7-1. He is a high-level prospect, a 5-star according to some.
“Iowa was my first high major offer and I’m thankful they’re a part of my recruitment process,” Bol Bowen told Stockrisers.com in April. “Iowa’s coming off a very successful season too and I look forward to seeing what’s more in store.”
He was born in Egypt, grew up in Vermont, spent two years at a Rhode Island high school, then moved on to Brewster.
He made his first college visit, an unofficial one, to Connecticut.
Bowen is No. 25 on the latest ESPN.com rankings of the 2023 class.
No Vermonter has ever played in an NBA game. Bowen wants to be the first.
Taison Chatman, 6-3, 170 pounds, Minneapolis, Minn.
Nearly all of Minnesota’s best prep players have left the state in the last few years. Will Chatman be another?
The shooting guard certainly has options. Louisville has offered him a scholarship. So has Nebraska. He heard from Iowa and Iowa State on June 14. As well as Arkansas, UCLA, Ohio State, Memphis, and several others including Minnesota.
Xavier Booker, 6-10, 215. Indianapolis
This is another case of running with the big boys.
Booker got an offer from Iowa on June 15. He got offers from Ohio State and Louisville around the same time, and has previous offers from Kansas State (June 28 visit), LSU and Purdue, among others.
Reed Sheppard, 6-2, 170 pounds, London, Ky.
Iowa has offered. So have many others. This is a Top 50 recruit.
Sheppard averaged 20.6 points per game as a freshman and 30.1 as a sophomore at North Laurel High. His parents both played basketball at Kentucky.
Owen Freeman, 6-9, 220 pounds, Bradley, Ill.
Iowa has offered. So have Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, and many more.
On June 28, Freeman visited Indiana and the Hoosiers offered.
On June 29, he visited Michigan State.
Cam Christie, 6-3, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
He got an offer from Iowa on June 16. He’s a shooting guard who was offered by Michigan State and Ohio State last year.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery, as well as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Illinois’ Brad Underwood, watched Christie play in Indianapolis on July 25.
Gavin Griffiths, 6-7, 180, Simsbury, Conn.
The Hawkeyes have made the East Coast almost as much a recruiting area as the Midwest.
Iowa offered Griffiths on June 29. Syracuse, Massachusetts and Siena were the first ones to do so. Rutgers and Maryland have followed.
Asa Thomas, 6-6, 185, Lake Forest, Ill.
This wing is a fast-riser, who got an Iowa offer on June 30 after Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin also offered.
Reid Ducharme, 6-5, 175, Boston
Another Brewster Academy player. Iowa offered him on June 15. He’s a shooting guard/small forward.
Providence has also offered. Ducharme’s first offer was from New Jersey Institute of Technology, in 2019.
Aaron Clark, 6-6, 182, Easton, Pa.
From the hometown of former boxing champion Larry Holmes. Clark got an Iowa offer on June 15. Rutgers and LSU offered the same day.
Marquette is in on him, too.
Bronny James, 6-3, 180. Los Angeles
He’s the son of LeBron James. Iowa’s not in the mix, but wouldn’t it be something if it were?
Class of 2024
Cooper Koch, 6-7, Peoria, Ill.
This sophomore-to-be got a scholarship offer from Iowa in May.
His father, J.R. Koch, played for the Hawkeyes in the 1990s. J.R. has coached his son for five years in travel ball.
Wake Forest and Bradley have also offered Koch.
Caleb Middleton, 6-10, 195 pounds. Dover, N.H.
Iowa offered Middleton a scholarship on June 28. DePaul did so a year ago when he had just finished eighth-grade.
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