Norwalk's UNI-bound point guard Bowen Born unloaded for 49 points against Xavier Foster and Oskaloosa. Des Moines Register
Welcome, once again, to the recruiting mailbag.
As always, feel free to send me questions over Twitter or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I do the call-out for questions on Twitter on Mondays, but I'm happy to take questions any other day of the week, too.
Let's get to this mailbag's answers.
Do you think the Hawks will offer (Bowen) Born if they have any attrition? — @GrayBurner
No. Norwalk point guard Bowen Born is about as locked-in as you can be with Northern Iowa, and if the Hawkeyes do have some offseason attrition, I'm not certain they'd go for a late 2020 high school pick-up.
This also brings up another talking point I've heard or seen on social media a lot this week: Will high-major programs such as Iowa or Creighton, who showed consistent interest, come to regret not offering Born?
The 5-foot-11 lefty is having an absurdly good season as a scorer. He's averaging 39.7 points per game while shooting 59.3% from the field, 45.7% from long range and 88.9% from the free-throw line. His past three games: 49 points on 31 shots against Oskaloosa; 50 points on 26 shots against Newton; and 40 points on 21 shots against Grinnell.
At the high school and AAU level, you keep waiting for the undersized Born to meet his match — someone who's too big, too tall, too athletic. But that hasn't happened yet. Despite his frame, at this level, Born is able to score from just about everywhere ... against just about everyone.
The argument for Born being a high-major player: He's a hard-nosed gamer, and his level of pure scoring ability can translate to any level.
The argument against Born being high-major: He wouldn't be as effective against the perimeter size and strength he'd seen in a conference such as the Big Ten.
"He was smart in his decision to go to the level that he went to," one Division I assistant coach told me this week. "It will allow him to play closer to what he is doing now. He is a relentless worker and he has a high basketball IQ. He could be a four-year guy down the line ... that Power Five schools kick themselves for not taking a chance on him."
There you have it. I'd tend to agree with this coach. I think UNI, and specifically the Missouri Valley Conference, is an awesome fit for Born. He can be prolific in that league. He can become a first-teamer in that league. And, yes, most mid-major first-team selections could also do well in a high-major conference. Maybe not quite the same numbers, but still a productive Big Ten/Big 12/ACC/etc. player.
"I think a lot of people will regret not moving on him," another D-I assistant coach told me Tuesday. "I don’t know what he would look like in the Big Ten with 6-7 NBA athletes switching onto him. ... That being said, no one has stopped him yet."
Does Cole Glasgow have any offers? — @brookesmith505
No, although he already has schools interested in him.
Cole Glasgow is a 2022, 6-3 guard out of Dallas Center-Grimes who's averaging 18.1 points per game while shooting 57% from the field and 50% from long range. He's adding 4.1 rebounds per game, too.
Belmont — where Iowa City West senior big Even Brauns is signed — has previously shown interest. Drake also just hosted Glasgow as an unofficial visitor during its Valley home opener against Indiana State last week.
Are both (Tony Perkins and Ahron Ulis) under-the-radar recruits? — @BenFlaherty21
Well, Hawkeye signees Tony Perkins and Ahron Ulis both had only mid-major or low-major offers other than Iowa. So, yes, they are under-the-radar recruits.
They are certainly having excellent seasons, though — and both in major metropolitan areas loaded with talent. And that can only be encouraging for Hawkeye fans to see.
Perkins is averaging about 22 points per game for undefeated Lawrence North in Indianapolis, and he's generating Mr. Indiana Basketball buzz. He is a 6-4, do-it-all guard who will likely play off the ball in Iowa City.
Ulis, meanwhile, is averaging 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game for Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights. Just last week, Ulis led Marian past juggernaut Morgan Park 71-67. He scored 34 points to lead the upset effort.
What is it looking like for Tucker DeVries? — @ben_groepper3
Outside of Bowen Born, Waukee junior Tucker DeVries may be having the best season in Iowa. The 6-6 wing/guard is averaging 22.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, all while shooting 61.1% and 53.3% from 3-point range.
Yes, he is the son of Drake head coach Darian DeVries.
So, yes, Drake is recruiting him hard.
Although Air Force and South Dakota State have also offered, Creighton is the other school heavily in the picture right now. The Blue Jays offered DeVries on Nov. 1 and head coach Greg McDermott was courtside for DeVries' 32-point performance against Johnston on Dec. 10. DeVries grew up a Creighton fan, with his dad coaching there for most of his life before taking the job at Drake.
I'm still not convinced other programs won't put their names in the hat — that is, if DeVries makes it clear he's open to schools other than Creighton and his dad's.
DeVries is a high-major prospect. He's got the size, length, positional flexibility, shooting ability and smarts to be productive above the mid-major ranks. Iowa, Iowa State and Texas are among the other schools to show interest. Kansas also called in June.
Is Iowa State interested in Donovan Williams? — @LoganHayes_30
Donovan Williams is a recently available, four-star shooting guard out of Omaha. He had committed to Nebraska under Tim Miles, and he re-opened his recruitment last month.
Since then, he's tacked on an offer from Texas. But it doesn't sound like the Cyclones have sent out any feelers. Williams told me this week that he hadn't heard from Iowa State (or Iowa) since re-opening his recruitment.
"Step Brothers" or "Anchorman"? — @mtheis3
For two reasons ...
One: San Diego is where I went to college, and it's my favorite city in the world.
Two: I haven't seen "Step Brothers." So that actually makes this very easy. I have zero idea how I haven't seen it yet. But I haven't. So there you go.
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_.
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