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Iowa Leads for Byrd Man of Hooiser Land

In the Todd Lickliter system, it appears you can never have enough shooters. The Hawkeyes are courting another highly regarded marksman in the 2010 class - Russell Byrd from Fort Wayne, Ind. Byrd talked about his relationship with the Iowa coaches, how he feels about the program, his summer schedule that includes a trip to Iowa City and more in the HN.com premium update.

When it comes to his star shooting guard, Russell Byrd, Blackhawk Christian Coach Gary Merrell is seeking to bring out the inner animal. "He tells me he wants me to be a dog," Byrd said. "I keep working at being the dog." Merrell feels like his talented junior-to-be too often backs away from contact. "I don't want to be soft," Byrd said. It could be one of the few criticisms you can find for...

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