Originally posted on www.wcfcourier.com by Steve Batterson
SUSSEX, Wis. - Brady Ellingson caught Fran McCaffery’s eye as the Iowa basketball coach surveyed talent on the summer AAU circuit.
Tuesday, the sharp-shooting 6-foot-3 guard from suburban Milwaukee committed to the Hawkeye program after eying the Iowa campus during a weekend visit to Iowa City.
“Blessed to say that I’m Officially committed to the University of Iowa,’’ Ellingson wrote on his twitter account, making him the first member of the Hawkeyes’ 2014 recruiting class.
Ellingson averaged 22.7 points per game last season for Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wis., where he was named the player of the year in the Greater Metro Conference.
But, it was on the AAU courts with the team Ray Allen Select where Ellingson first attracted interest from Iowa, which offered him a scholarship earlier this month.
“I feel like I helped myself this summer and that opened some doors for me,’’ said Ellingson, who had offers from Missouri and Utah but ended up selecting the Hawkeyes over early offers from San Diego and Oakland.
“To have a chance to go to Iowa and play in the Big Ten, it’s something that I worked hard for and to get an offer from them, it’s pretty exciting. I feel good about it.’’
Ellingson will sign his letter of intent with Iowa on Nov. 13, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period for current high school seniors.
The Hawkeyes have four available scholarships for the 2014 recruiting class and Ellingson was one of four players to visit the Iowa campus last weekend. The other shooting guard who visited last weekend, 6-5 Scott Lindsey of Oak Park Fenwick in suburban Chicago, made a verbal commitment to Northwestern on Sunday.
Iowa will host the point guard from the Ray Allen Select team, 6-2 Riley LaChance of Brookfield, Wis., on a three-day official visit beginning Thursday. LaChance visited Minnesota last weekend and has also taken official visits to Michigan State and Vanderbilt.
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