A college basketball fan analyzing Brady Ellingson's final three likely would surmise that he's faced with an easy decision. He would disagree.
The shooting guard from Sussex (WI) Hamilton High and Ray Allen Select AAU puts Iowa and San Diego slightly ahead of Oakland in the race for his services. The Hawkeyes of the Big Ten would appear to be a simple choice when compared to a pair of mid-majors.
"Oakland has been on me since the spring, and I've built really good relationships with the coaches and I would be the guy from Day 1," Ellingson said. "I (officially) visited San Diego two weeks ago and I loved it out there. I fit in really well with their style of play, and I built great relationships with their players there, too. I felt really comfortable there."
Iowa said it offered the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder in July but he didn't realize that was the case until late last month. He's since been getting to know head coach Fran McCaffery and his staff.
Ellingson took the next step in familiarizing himself with the Hawkeyes by officially visiting them this weekend.
"I really liked it," Ellingson said. "I loved the coaching staff and the players were awesome. I was very impressed with everything."
Sophomore guard Mike Gesell played host to Ellingson, who got the full red carpet treatment of an official visit, including one-on-one time with McCaffery.
"I like him a lot," Ellingson said. "He just talked about how I'd be a great fit for how they play and that I could come in and make an impact. He loves guys who can shoot and space the floor and make plays, and that's what he views me as."
Ellingson's calling card is a deft three-point touch. He isn't, however, one dimensional. He's a good athlete and can handle the ball.
Ellingson said that a strong relationship with coaches and future teammates will be the main factor in picking a school. He feels he gets along well with players who could potential join him in Iowa's 2014 class, Scott Lindsey, Tory Miller and Dominique Uhl, also official visitors of the Hawkeyes this weekend.
"We all got along really well," Ellingson said.
Ellingson said he is finished with visits and expects to make his commitment in "the next week or so."
Fellow Ray Allen Select teammate and close friend, Riley LaChance, a point guard, also holds an Iowa offer. The Brookfield (WI) Central product is expected to officially visit Iowa one of the next two weekends, according to his father, Tom LaChance. He and Ellingson are talking about teaming up
"Yeah, we are very close," Ellingson said. "I think it would be awesome to play together."
Iowa has four open scholarships available for the 2014 class. The early signing period for binding national letters of intent runs Nov. 13-20.
Brady Ellingson used a strong July evaluation period to boost interest in his services. One of the Wisconsin product's newest suitors is Iowa, which hosted him on an official visit this weekend. He speaks about that stop and his timeline for a commitment decision in this premium story.