Willie Atwood, the top remaining target on Iowa's board, said Monday night on social media that he will be visiting the school this weekend.
Atwood, a power forward from Connors State College in Oklahoma, was offered a scholarship when Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery visited him last month. The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder averaged 20.8 points and 9.0 rebounds this season.
New Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams reportedly offered Atwood a scholarship this past weekend. Bruce Pearl did the same thing when he took over at Auburn last week. Florida State, Arkansas, Wichita State, Kansas State and TCU are among other schools that have extended him opportunities, he's said.
Iowa is thought to be a serious contender for Atwood based on his friendship with Trey Dickerson, a JUCO point guard from Williston State College who verbally committed to the Hawkeyes earlier this month. They've talked about playing together at the next level.
WILLIE COMING TO IOWA CITY THIS WEEKEND LETS GETTTTT ITTTTTTT— Trey Dickerson (@Dat_boy_TD) March 25, 2014
Dickerson comes to Iowa with three years of eligibility remaining. Atwood can play two seasons at whichever Division I school he chooses.
The Hawkeyes have one scholarship available to use in the 2014 class. They could also roll it over to the next cycle if they're unable to fill it. The late signing period runs from April 16-May 21.
Atwood is believed to be the only '14 recruit with an offer from Iowa at this point. It currently has two scholarships remaining in the '15 class after Chicago De La Salle junior forward Brandon Hutton verbally pledged to the school earlier this month.
Atwood prepped at Melrose High in Memphis. He played AAU with the Memephis Bearcats.
It appears Iowa will not be Atwood's final visit.
Willie Atwood (6-8/F/2014) of Connors State will take an official visit to Iowa this weekend and Florida State April 10.— Brad Winton (@JucoRecruiting) March 25, 2014
Dickerson planned to see more schools before committing to Iowa on his official visit.
"I think he commits once he realizes how important he is (to the Hawkeyes)," Dickerson said.
Dickerson is trying to make his way to Iowa City this weekend but is finding it difficult to set something up for the long trip from North Dakota. He would have to find his own way there as he already used his official visit to the school.