February 17, 2010

Iowa coaches check out Missouri prep duo

With the departure of Anthony Tucker late last week, the Iowa coaches now have a scholarship at their disposal that they could use on a prospect in the Class of 2010. They didn't waste any time and hit the road on Saturday to Scott County Central High School in southeastern Missouri to take a look at a point guard prospect and also a potential power forward prospect in the Class of 2011.

On Friday, Iowa assistant coach Chad Walthall made the trip to Sikeston, MO to check out 2010 point guard Bobby Hatchett and 2011 forward Otto Porter.

"Iowa was down here on Friday for our game, but I didn't get to talk to their coach after the game," said Head Coach Kenyon Wright. "They have called a couple of times and I haven't been able to get back to them because we have been pretty busy and had some snow days down here in the last couple of weeks."

With Anthony Tucker leaving the Hawkeye program, the Iowa coaches were interested in getting a look at the 5-foot-11 Hatchett as a potential point guard to help them in 2010. Coach Wright says his guard has the talent to play at the high D1 level.

"He is a true point guard," Wright said. "He sees the floor very well and is athletic and very quick. He can jump out of the gym for his size and the big thing is that he has really improved his outside shot this year."

His coach says that in addition to Iowa, the schools showing interest include Missouri State, Illinois State, and Southern Illinois. Missouri has also been down to take a look at him this season, but none of the schools have extended a scholarship offer. He expects that he will sign with someone in April and still has to get his ACT score to fully qualify.

More major college coaches have been showing interest in Porter thus far even though he is still in his junior year according to Wright.

"Vanderbilt has been down here three or four times to see him and Ole Miss says they really like him a lot. Missouri is also taking a look at him along with Missouri State and Southern Illinois."

There is a lot to like about Porter, who is not only a great athlete, but also a great student.

"He is a special kid," Wright said. "We don't have a big team, so he is inside most of the time. He is a great kid that works really hard. He is a great rebounder."

This season Porter has been putting up some monster numbers and is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. His skills go beyond dominating in the paint.

"He is a really nice player from the outside at well. He has a very good mid-range game right now and can go all the way out to the three point line and make shots."

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