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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.
This week, 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.
Kyle Filipowski, 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, 2022 recruit, Westtown, N.Y.
Filipowski is making an official visit to Iowa June 17-18. He visited Syracuse last weekend, and will make 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 Filip Rebraca in the lineup at the same time.
"I'm still not planning on cutting my list for a while. 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."
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.
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."
Aidan Shaw, 6-7, 170 pounds, 2022 recruit. 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 has an official visit to Iowa on June 22. He’ll make official visits to Oklahoma State, Kansas and Missouri before that, and Maryland after.
“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 this week in Las Vegas, featuring 60 top preps.
Jaden Schutt, 6-5,180 pounds, 2022 recruit. 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, will make a visit to 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, 2022 recruit. 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."
Others who have offered him include Arizona State, LSU and South Carolina. He has a visit to Kansas scheduled for later this month.
Jevin Sullivan, 6-5, 2022 recruit, Alleman, Iowa
Sullivan just got home from the Pangos Top 60 All-American Camp in Las Vegas. He had 25 rebounds over two games there.
He attends North Polk High in Alleman.
Alex Karaban, 6-8, 210 pounds, 2022 recruit, Northborough, Mass.
Karaban got an offer from Iowa on May 4. He got one from Iowa State in April, and has several others.
He visited Northwestern Thursday and will visit Penn State later this month.
Omaha Biliew, 6-8, 205 pounds, 2023 recruit. Waukee, Iowa
This is a big one. 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 Monday, and has taken one to Nebraska. He will take unofficials to Kansas Saturday and 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 Tens of the 2023 class by people who make such lists.
Taylor Bol Bowen, 6-9 forward, 2023, 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.
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, Wednesday to Connecticut.
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