With the early letter of intent signing period (Nov. 13-20) less than a month away, the Iowa basketball recruiting picture is beginning to take shape.
The Hawkeyes already have verbal commitments from two players -- 6-foot-4 Brady Ellingson of Sussex, Wis., and Dominique Uhl, an athletic 6-8 forward from Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Uhl just gave his commitment a week ago.
That leaves the Hawkeyes with two other scholarships, which they may or may not elect to use this fall.
At this point, here are the most likely candidates to fill those spots. None of these are top-100 type players. All are rated three stars or less by the scouting websites but all have skills that could be developed down the road:
Trey Dickerson, 6-1, Williston, N.D. (Williston State CC): Dickerson probably leads the nation in culture shock. He originally is from New York City, but he played last season at God’s Academy in Dallas. He signed with Murray State (over Arkansas and Rutgers) last spring but then was released from his scholarship in August and is now at a juco in North Dakota. A creative point guard, he has offers from Towson, North Texas, Toledo and Iona, but presumably might jump at the chance to play at a power conference school such as Iowa. Nebraska supposedly is interested, too.
Tory Miller, 6-8, New Hampton, N.H.: A 247-pound true power forward, he also has done some traveling. He originally is from Lee’s Summit, Mo., but is now at a New England prep school. He has visited Iowa, Colorado and Arizona State and reportedly was at Marquette last week. Miami (Fla.) might also still be in the picture. (NOTE: Miller gave a verbal commitment to Colorado on Saturday.)
Jackson Forbes, 6-6, Plano, Texas (John Paul II): He visited Iowa and was quoted as saying he loved the family atmosphere there, but he still has not made a decision. He also visited Yale, Princeton and Temple (the guy obviously is a topflight student) and he’s scheduled to visit Rice on Oct. 25.
Marvin Clark, 6-7, Bel Aire, Kan. (Sunrise Christian Academy): He’s originally from Blue Springs, Mo., and now plays at the same prep school that produced Iowa center Gabe Olaseni. Although he’s listed as a two-star prospect, he may have the most diverse skill set of any of the players on the Hawkeyes’ list. Iowa, Oklahoma and Oregon reportedly are his top three choices.
Milik Yarbrough, 6-5, Zion, Ill. (Zion-Benton): He’s been a prolific scorer throughout his high school career but thus far has only taken one college visit, to Auburn. Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Tulsa also are on his short list, according to Rival.com.