According to his mentor, Nate Grimes has built a strong relationship with Iowa over time. Wednesday, the Hawkeyes took the next step in the affair by offering the Class of 2015 forward a scholarship, Las Vegas Knicks Coach Lamar Bigby said.
"Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery called me today and said they were offering Nate," Bigby said. "They had been recruiting Nate pretty consistently for over a year and have been out here to Vegas to see him quite a few times."
Bigby said Iowa joins a large group of schools who already have offered the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Grimes. Minnesota, West Virginia, New Mexico, Boise State, Utah State and Fresno State are positioned well with him, the coach said, but the Hawkeyes are heavily in the mix as well.
"They absolutely are. That's a place me and him talked about at the beginning of the recruiting process. I've developed a great relationship with the coaching staff there, particularly Coach Andrew Francis. We're excited by the offer. We believe they understand how to develop players and people. This isn't just about basketball. Nate could get better there as a player and a person," Bigby said.
Grimes is transferring from Desert Pines High in Las Vegas to North Carolina's Quality Education Academy for the upcoming season.
"He doesn't have an officials set up yet. We'll wait until he gets down there and settled in and then we'll sit down and figure that out. Iowa will be a place where he takes an official visit, though," Bigby said.
Bigby could not say if Grimes will sign a national letter of intent in the November early period or wait until April.
"His main focus is the ACT and the SAT. He's going to qualify, but he's focusing in on those tests right now," Bigby said.
Scout.com ranks Grimes as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. He's listed as a power forward by the service but is not rated at the position.
Nate Grimes collected more than 25 scholarship offers during the recruiting process. On Wednesday, Iowa, which had been tracking him for over a year, extended an opportunity to the Las Vegas Forward, who was expected to officially visit the Big Ten school.