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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
Kyle Filipowski, 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, Westtown, N.Y.
Filipowski is making an official visit to Iowa June 17-18. He visited Syracuse last weekend, and will have made visits to Ohio State, Indiana and Duke this month. He has unofficial visits planned to Northwestern and Connecticut. He’s going to see America.
"It would be great if we could bring in Kyle Filipowski as well,” Bowen told recruiting analyst Jacob Polachek this week.
Filipowski plays at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. He was the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 21.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Iowa offered Filipowski a scholarship last June. If he signed with Iowa, the Hawkeyes could have Filipowski and Rebraca in the lineup at the same time.
"I'm still not planning on cutting my list for a while,“ Filipowski told AllSyracuse.com. ”I want to get out and see some other schools. I'm sure things are always bound to change with where schools rank on my list and stuff. I'll just leave it at I really enjoyed the visit to Syracuse. It felt natural. I loved everything they showed me."
On June 14, Filipowski tweeted “Had an amazing official visit at The Ohio State University!”
On June 16 he tweeted “Had an incredible official visit at Indiana University!”
Josh Dix, 6-5, 185 pounds, 2022 recruit, Council Bluffs
Dix, a shooting guard, made a visit to Iowa last weekend. He got a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes in April about the same time Purdue also offered. Wake Forest offered the week before.
Dix will visit Purdue June 18-19 and Wake Forest June 22-23.
He 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."
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.
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’ll have made official visits to Oklahoma State, Kansas and Missouri before that. Maryland was scheduled for June 28.
“These last couple of weeks they (Iowa) have really been hitting my phone hard and when a college shows interest that’s a good thing,” Shaw told 247 Sports. I’ve watched some of them when they were playing during the season but I haven’t really studied them so I want to see what they are about.”
Shaw played in the Pangos All-American Camp in Las Vegas, featuring 60 top preps.
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, a 3-star, 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.
A.J. 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. Others who have offered him include Arizona State and South Carolina. He has a visit to Kansas scheduled for later this month.
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.
Kam Craft, 6-6, 190 pounds, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Craft is a 4-star recruit who has an unofficial visit to Iowa on Thursday (June 17). He took an unofficial visit to Marquette earlier this month.
He averaged 27.1 points for Buffalo Grove High as a junior, and made a last-second 25-footer to win an AAU game in April.
Damarion Watson, 6-7, 190 pounds, Minneapolis
Iowa offered this 4-star a schollie last September. He also has offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa State, and many others.
Alex Karaban, 6-8, 210 pounds, Northborough, Mass.
Karaban got an offer from Iowa on May 4. He got one from Iowa State in April, and has several others.
He has visited Northwestern and will visit Penn State later this month.
Class of 2023
Omaha Biliew, 6-8, 205 pounds, Waukee
This is a big one, and a 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 will take 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.
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 and Oregon recently entered the fray.
USC offered him a scholarship on Tuesday.
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, last Wednesday to Connecticut.
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.
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.
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