January 24, 2008

Hawkeyes in the mix for '09 point guard

One of the priorities for Iowa's recruiting efforts in 2009 will be to land a top flight point guard and they appear to be making their move on a Texas prep with plenty of potential and size at the position.

The one word that comes up when people who have seen Nick Russell play is smooth. The 6-foot-4 and 180 pound point guard from Grace Prep High School in Arlington, Texas saw his recruiting stock start to rise this summer and now the 2009 prospect is on the radar of some major college programs, including Iowa.

"He is a very good player," said Ray Forsett, his high school coach. "He is a complete guard with size at the point and that is what has made him attractive to a lot of schools. He can do just about everything, pass, shoot, drive, you name it."

Beyond the basketball floor, Forsett is also very impressed the the humility that Russell shows each and every day.

"He is a great kid off the floor. He is very well spoken, respectful, and a good student with a 3.4 gpa in the classroom."

The Hawkeyes are near the top of his list of offers at this point along with several other schools.

"Right now the schools I am hearing from the most are Baylor, Iowa, Wisconsin, Vandy, and Texas A&M. But a lot of schools are sending mail and keeping in touch with me," Russell said. All of those schools have offered, along with Notre Dame, Texas, Minnesota, and Washington State. He also indicated that staying in Texas is not a priority for him. His decision will be about being part of a program that is the right fit for him on and off the court.

The Iowa assistants have left a very positive impression on Russell and his coach in the recruiting process.

"I like Iowa a lot. I like Coach Jordan quite a bit. He is a really good guy and I like their system," Russell said.

Coach Forsett echoed those thoughts about the Iowa assistants.

"Coach Jordan and Coach Cornette have both been recruiting Nick and they have done a great job with him. I am very impressed with how they have approached recruiting and what they have to offer."

This season, Grace Prep is current tied for first in their league and Russell is averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 asssist per game.

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