When Ray Hamilton accepted a football scholarship to Iowa, it boosted the Class of 2011. It also provided inroads for the Hawkeye basketball program.
"He's my best friend," said Aaron White, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward in the 2011 Class. "When (Iowa) offered, he was at my house. He was excited. He was on me to set up a visit."
White scheduled an official visit to Iowa for the weekend of Sept. 4, when the Hawkeyes kick off the football season against Eastern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium. He hasn't set up any other trips and was not sure which other schools he might see.
White reports about 25 scholarship offers, mostly from the Atlantic-10, the MAC and Horizon leagues. He would like to use all five of his visits.
"I would say it's good news for Iowa," he said. "I've talked with Coach (Fran) McCaffery a couple of times. I'm very interested, interested enough to set up an official. I like the coaches and I like the system."
White averaged about 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists a game last season for Strongsville (Ohio) High.
"I'd say I'm versatile," he said. "I can play the three and maybe the four. I can post a smaller guy and go past a bigger guy from the perimeter. I can shoot the three."
White said that Iowa assistant Sherman Dillard attended almost all of his AAU games this summer.
"He was the first one from Iowa I talked to," White said. "He and Coach McCaffery both said they like my game and think I fit in well with what they're trying to do. I think character is pretty important for Coach McCaffery. I think they're looking for a good fit who will stay out of trouble."
White wants to pick a school at which he can play early.
"I don't want to red shirt or sit on the bench," he said. "I also would like an up-and-down system that likes to use the three and four to have the ball in his hands to make plays. Coaching stability also is a big one for me."
Iowa offered White a scholarship in late July after the AAU tournament in Las Vegas.
"They told me they really liked what they saw this summer," he said. "Even though they came in late, I'm interested."
It's going to be a busy September for Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff as prospects come to town for visits. 2011 Ohio forward Aaron White will be one of those players taking in Iowa City. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Hawkeye target to see when he's coming in and where Iowa stands. Get the latest in this update.