Patrick Ingram has been consistent in saying that he would base his college decision on comfort level and not level of competition. He stood by that approach on Monday after unofficially visiting Iowa.
"I don't even know how to compare the three schools," the 2012 shooting guard from Indianapolis said. "It's just hard to do. I'd say all three are equal as of now.
"I need to go home and talk it over with my family and come to a decision. It won't be easy."
Ingram now has visited his three finalists - Iowa, Loyola and Saint Louis - in the last two weeks. To some, it might seem like a no-brainer to go with the Big Ten school, but Ingram has built strong relationships with the other programs.
"It's about where I fit in best and what's the best environment for me," the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from North Central High said. "It's not about the size of the school. I need to go back and see what I liked about every college and each coach."
Ingram did say he was impressed by Iowa City.
"It was a big campus," he said. "I could tell that during school there's going to be a lot of interaction with other people because there were a lot of people here (Monday) and classes hadn't even started. I like that it's a big campus."
Ingram and his family got to the school at around noon on Monday and looked around for about five hours before making the long drive back to Indianapolis.
"We first met with Coach (Fran) McCaffery then they took us around to the dorms," Ingram said. "They showed me a lot of the school buildings. I talked to the other coaches. I saw the gym and the practice gym, the new locker rooms. I basically saw the whole facility."
Ingram said he briefly spoke with senior guard Matt Gatens but did not spend time with any of the other players.
"I like the whole facility," Ingram said of Iowa. "I felt like I hit it off with the coaches. I got to talk to them a lot. I really like the arena."
McCaffery made Ingram feel wanted, the guard said.
"He was looking for people he didn't have," Ingram said. "He said they didn't have anybody like me on his team. He said he really liked how I would complement the point guard that just committed, Mike Gesell.
"He was laying it out for my parents as well. They liked it, too."
Ingram's family also traveled with him to Loyola and Saint Louis. He has said all along that his parents' opinion will weigh heavily into his choice.
"I think I'll make a decision probably later this week or early next week," Ingram said.
While Ingram visited Iowa for the first time on Monday, he'd been to Saint Louis several times before his trip on Friday. And the new coach at Loyola, Porter Moser, was his lead recruiter for Billikens' bench boss Rick Majerus last season.
"Saint Louis, I mean, I've been down there so many times," Ingram said. "The players know me and I know them. I know everyone on the coaching staff real well. I know the athletic director and other people involved with basketball.
"Loyola (Chicago), I have a great relationship with the head coach. I really like their environment, how they got the beach and the lake."
Majerus has been dealing with health issues, but he sat down with Ingram on his visit last week.
"I got to talk to him a lot," Ingram said. "I talked to him when I first got there and then I stayed the night and talked to him the next day. I saw a practice. He was sitting on the sidelines, but he was still giving coaching points. He was showing me how they did things."
Scout.com rates Ingram as a two-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service does not rank him nationally at his position.