On the surface, the favorite for Evan Boudreaux's services might appear obvious. Yale and Dartmouth are elite academic institutions. But Iowa also offers a quality education and level of basketball superior to those institutions.
Boudreaux, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Lake Forest (IL) High and Team NLP, announced Friday that he set officials visits to that trio. He said he'd be at Yale on Sept. 26-27, Iowa on Oct. 10-11 and Dartmouth on Oct. 17-18.
The Hawkeyes ranked 17th nationally in home attendance (14, 976) for 2013-14. Yale played host to less than 1,000 fans during six games last season and its game at Dartmouth drew only 722.
If you are familiar with Boudreaux's recruiting process, however, you know this decision will be about more than fannies in the seats. Some outsiders feel the choice will be made more with academics in mind.
"Yeah I don't see it that way at all," Boudreaux said about making a selection on strict status of sports or schooling. "A lot of people thought that since I valued academics so high I was a lock for the Ivy's and that couldn't be less true. It's about the right fit for me. There's a lot to like about Iowa from all standpoints, not just basketball."
Boudreaux also reports scholarship offers from DePaul, Iowa State, Northwestern, Penn State and Saint Louis, among others. He's still open to using more than three official visits.
"For now, they're just the ones I've set up. I might set up more but I'm going to wait a little bit to see. I'm gonna sit down with my parents and figure it out in the next coming weeks, but I probably won't decide until late august," he said.
Boudreaux's mother, Gail Koziara Boudreaux who is 6-4, ranks as Dartmouth's all-time scoring and rebounding leader. His older brother, Chris Boudreaux, played tight end for the Big Green in 2011 before an injury ended his football career. He stayed and will be a senior there this fall.
"Well, obviously, my family has some Dartmouth ties and they've been after me for awhile," Evan said. "So, I just want to go out there and really see what they have to offer from a basketball standpoint."
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery has been tracking Boudreaux for a long time and offered him a scholarship early in the process. He visited Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the Black and Gold Blowout last fall.
"I'm really excited. I've already been to campus twice and I had a great time. I really like the coaching staff and what they are doing up there. I'm excited to see what an official up there is like," he said.
Boudreaux also is connected to Yale. Bulldog sophomore Sam Downey is a high school teammate of his from Lake Forest.
"Yale has also been on me for awhile and (Downey) says great things. So, I'm excited to come up and see the campus," he said.
Boudreaux is considering a college major in business or history. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.
Evan Boudreaux moved a step closer to completing his recruiting process Friday when he announced three of his official visits. The Illinois forward will stop at Dartmouth, Iowa and Yale and spoke with Scout.com about those schools and other possible trips.