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This weekend is the year's first NCAA evaluation period, meaning Division I coaches are allowed to watch prospects play at AAU tournaments across the country.
For some of Iowa's top talents, this will be a chance to strengthen their recruiting stock and perhaps garner a few more offers. For others, it'll be an opportunity to turn heads and establish themselves as players to watch.
There used to be five evaluation periods — two in April and three in July.
Now, due to NCAA rule changes, there are only two — one in April and one in July, making each all the more important.
Prospects will know more about their recruiting landscape after this weekend, as many schools will wait to see a kid play before getting seriously involved. The list of programs in the picture at this point won't necessarily be the same in two or three weeks.
But, for now, here are some of the schools expected to watch Iowa's top talents. There will no doubt be other teams there, as well.
Class of 2020
Using the Register's 2020 in-state recruiting top 15
No. 1 Xavier Foster, PF, Oskaloosa — Iowa State, Iowa, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Baylor, USC, Nebraska, Creighton, Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Minnesota and St. Louis, Foster's dad, DaJuan Foster, and his AAU coach, BG Regins, said.
No. 2 Bowen Born, PG, Norwalk — Drake, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Creighton, Toledo, Nebraska-Omaha and Brown, Born said.
No. 3 Even Brauns, PF, Iowa City West — South Dakota, South Dakota State, Belmont, Toledo, Drake, UNI, Rutgers, Princeton, Western Michigan and Bradley, Brauns said.
No. 5 Nick Reid, SG, Central City — UNI, Army and Omaha, Reid said.
No. 6 Jack Wetzel, SG, Cedar Rapids Kennedy — Colorado State, North Dakota State, UNI, Denver and Princeton, Wetzel said.
No. 7 Tyler Andrews, SF, Cedar Rapids Kennedy — UNI and several others, Andrews said.
No. 8 Goanar Biliew, PF, Denison-Schleswig — Air Force, South Dakota State and North Dakota, Biliew's AAU coach, John Lamb, said.
No. 9 Will Berg, PF, West Des Moines Valley — Oral Roberts, Air Force, North Dakota, Seattle and Omaha, Berg said.
No. 12 Jake Schockemoehl, CG, Wahlert Dubuque — Butler and Northern Arizona, Regins said.
No. 13 Easton Darling, G, Winterset — Drake, Air Force, North Dakota, Central Missouri and Omaha, Darling said.
Class of 2021
There is less known about which schools will watch 2021 prospects, as they're only sophomores just starting to build their recruiting stock.
Martin Bros 16U team — Program director Hank Huddleson said UNI, Drake, Wake Forest, Illinois and likely Iowa are expected on the sidelines at some point for his 16U team, which has No. 1 Chase Courbat, PF, Cedar Falls; No. 3 Jaylon Moses, PF/SF, Cedar Rapids Xavier; No. 5 Michael Duax, SG/SF, Dubuque Hempstead; No. 6 Jadin Johnson, PG, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln; No. 11 Keaton Kutcher, SG, Mount Vernon; and No. 13 Caleb Schlaak, SF, Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Johnson also said West Virginia has reached out to his coaches, and that UNI and SDSU will watch him at school on Wednesday.
Moses said Creighton has reached out to his dad, and Courbat said Creighton is expected to watch him.
No. 4 Karson Sharar, CG, Iowa Falls-Alden — Drake and UNI, and the Panthers are also watching him at school on Wednesday, Sharar said.
No. 10 Marcus Morgan, CG, Iowa City West — UNI, Drake and SDSU, Moore said.
No. 12 Emarion Ellis, SG, Davenport Central — Schools from the Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley and Summit League, Ellis' AAU coach, Tanner Carlson, said.
Class of 2022
Tamin Lipsey, PG, Ames — Iowa State, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, Moore said.
Trey Lewis, PG, Johnston — Iowa and Baylor, Regins said.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.