September 24, 2008

Iowa coaches visiting Russell

After making his first official visit to the University of Iowa campus, Nick Russell made his way to Lubbock, Texas this past weekend for an official visit to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders started making their push for the 6-foot-4 point guard in July and he says he had a good time on his visit.

"It was good. I enjoyed myself," Russell said. "It gave me a chance to get to know Coach Pat Knight and his staff better and it gave me time to see what their players were like."

Russell said he felt comfortable on his visit and learned more about why they wanted him to be part of their program.

"I learned that they need someone like me who can help to get guys open and distribute the ball. My overall comfort level with them is still growing."

With two visits in the books, Russell now has something to compare with his visit to Iowa City. How did the Hawkeyes compare?

"I feel more comfortable with Iowa because I have been talking to Coach Lickliter and his staff for a long time. I felt more comfortable at Iowa, but both visits were pretty similar in terms of what we did on the visits. At Iowa the fans impacted me a lot more," he said.

This weekend, Russell is off to Manhattan, Kansas to visit Kansas State. The Wildcats got involved with Russell earlier in the summer and he is anxious to see what they have to offer. After that, his official visits are up in the air.

Russell says that UCLA was in for a visit on Monday and it does not appear that he will be taking an official to Westwood at this point. According to Russell Iowa will make their sales pitch on an in-home visit on Wednesday night. Iowa will be bringing Head Coach Todd Lickliter and assistants LaVall Jordan and Joel Cornette to sit down with Russell and his parents after watching him in an open gym at his high school.

With no other visits scheduled at this time, could a decision from Russell be close?

"I am not in a rush to make a decision, so I don't have a date. Really it could be anytime."


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