April 21, 2013

Iowa evaluating talent

In the coming years the Iowa Hawkeyes have some wildly talented prospects emerging from the region. Over the weekend Iowa coaches were able to get out and evaluate a few sophomores and juniors.

This update was compiled by Andrew Force of the Cincinnati site on Rivals.com who attended the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Pittsburgh this past weekend.

Aaron Jordan

A 6'4" sophomore Jordan competes for the ferocious Illinois Celtics squad. Paired with '15 Myles Carter (Arizona, Illinois, DePaul interest) and '15 Joseph Toye (DePaul, Purdue, NW interest) Aaron Jordan will benefit from some high exposure weekends.

Saturday he led his team in rebounding and managed to pick up a second offer as a result. Fairfield joined Hampton with an offer. Iowa's Assistant Coach Andrew Francis put in a detailed evaluation Saturday, so the Hawkeyes might increase their level of interest this week.

Dejon Davis

Also known as D.J. Davis the sparkling guard followed his high school coach Reggie Perkins from State Runner-Up Minneapolis Washburn High to Bloomington Kennedy.

After spending last summer with NIKE-sponsored Minnesota Pump N' Run Dejon Davis switched over to Net Gain AAU. A stout guard capable of scoring at the rim, Davis is searching for his first high major offer.

Fantastic arm strength enables Davis to get the hoop when harmed. He already has a college freshman upper body. Look for him to blossom into a Kelvin Torbert-type college player.

Carlton Bragg

Don't give Carlton Bragg a step. From hip to lip he lifts the ball so quickly defenders routinely watch in horror. A mixture between shooter and slasher Bragg truly does everything offensively, and he has two more years of high school improvement left.

This weekend Bragg played with Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) and drew quite a crowd of coaches including Iowa Assistant Coach Andrew Francis. OBC is the same AAU team that produced current Iowa standout Aaron White. A Rivals 25 future could be in store for this remarkable talent.

Cody Schwartz

Midway through his high school career Schwartz already absorbs contact without trepidation. An excellent outside shooter Schwartz obliterates and zone defense not designed specifically to stop him.

Unlike most teenage forwards Schwartz effortlessly scores off the dribble. He can create space going to his left or right, but prefers to shoot off a crossover dribble. Not quite as nimble as University of Wisconsin freshman star Sam Dekker (Sheyboygan) still figures to be an exciting wing in college.

At 6'8" Schwartz led West De Pere High School in all relevant statistical categories but assists. His rebounding tenacity will help him and his future teams contend for conference crowns. The most important assets Schwartz brings are shooting touch and bravery though.

University of Iowa fans will get few chances to observe Schwartz live though as his AAU outfit, Wisconsin Blizzard only venture out of Wisconsin twice before late July. May 24th-26th you can catch him in the Best Buy Classic if you are in Chicagoland. This Class of 2015 shooter is worth another glance by all Big 10 recruiters. Wisconsin and Iowa are already aware.

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