With two wing players verbally committed in the 2015 recruiting class, Iowa is looking to address needs up front with one or two if its remaining scholarships. A couple of players under consideration for an offer play for the MOKAN Elite AAU program.
The Hawkeyes have been in consistent contact with Waynesville (MO) product Juwan Morgan as well as Michael Jacobson, a forward from Waukee (IA), according to MOKAN Co-Founder and Coach Rodney Perry. It was reported last week that Morgan had received a Hawkeye scholarship offer, but that hasn't happened.
"They've been recruiting him. They haven't necessarily said yet that they are offering. I talk with the coaches. They haven't said there's an offer in the table yet," Perry said.
"They're just showing interest right now," Jacobson said. "I get phone calls and letters. That's it."
In addition to Iowa, Jacobson said he's hearing from Nebraska, Northwestern, UTEP, Tulsa, South Florida, Harvard, Princeton, Drake, Northern Iowa, Indiana State, UC-Santa Barbara, Brown, Stanford and Creighton. He's also being recruited as a tight end in football and visited a Hawkeye football game last fall as a prospect. He reports basketball scholarship offers from Drake, UNI and Northern Colorado.
Vanderbilt, California, Wake Forest, Creighton, Xavier, Missouri State, Missouri, Washington, Arkansas, Harvard, Princeton, Tulsa are among the schools that have offered basketball scholarships to Morgan, Perry said.
"Right now he is wide open. He really hasn't thought about any decisions. There's no need to until after the July session is over with and we see the offers that he has. After that he can start narrowing it down and seeing what is the best fit for him academically and athletically," Perry said.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Morgan flew under the recruiting radar last summer. He "played up", meaning he competed with older athletes in AAU.
"Last year, he was more of a defender and rebounder. That was what was required of him. Now, he's being required to score more to go along with the defending and rebounding. He's so unselfish that he's willing to do whatever it takes to win. I don't think the college coaches will get to see his full game until he gets to college," Perry said.
College coaches witnessed Morgan's expanded game during the spring AAU session. They've gotten an idea of what he can be on the next level.
"He's a face-up four man. He's very athletic. He's got to get stronger and get in the weight room. He's a gym rat and he'll come into his own. He can add 10-15 pounds of muscle, easily," Perry said.
Morgan's shooting range extends beyond the three-point line, Perry said. His intelligence stretches off of the court.
"Juwan is extremely smart. He has a 25 on his ACT already. He's taking it again to see if he can get higher. We have four guys with a 25 and another with a 24. There's competition right now to see who can get the highest test score," Perry said.
MOKAN Elite boasts plenty of talent on its 17-U AAU squad this year. Among the group are versatile forwards Juwan Morgan and Michael Jacobson. Both players are hearing from the Hawkeyes.