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Seth Bonifas still not ready to commit to Hawkeyes

[ 2 ] April 9, 2012 |

Time still is on Seth Bonifas’ side when it comes to deciding where he wants to play college basketball.

The 6-foot-9 Bonifas, who is a sophomore at Dubuque Senior, has had a scholarship offer from Iowa coach Fran McCaffery since early September.

Bonifas was shocked to get the early offer and thrilled that it came from Iowa. However, he didn’t want to make a quick decision and now six months later his thinking hasn’t changed.

“I’m not sure about committing right now,” Bonifas said Monday afternoon. “I want to make sure it’s the right decision for me. I want to see if I can fit there.

“I really like Iowa. I’m just not ready to commit yet.”

Bonifas is believed to be the only returning high school player from Iowa to have a scholarship offer from the Hawkeyes. He spoke to the Iowa coaches last week and described it as a good conversation.

“So I’m pretty sure the (scholarship offer) is still there,” Bonifas said.

Bonifas also has attended a couple Iowa football games and men’s basketball games and has gotten an up close look at the new practice facility.

He said one reason why he isn’t ready to commit is because he’s still unsure about what he wants to study in college. The earliest he could sign a letter of intent would be in November of his senior year.

“I’m not in a real hurry right now,” Bonifas said. “I don’t even know what I want to go to school for yet and that’s a big part, my academics.

“I want to get a good education, and I want to know what I’m going there for. So that’ll play a big part in it, too.”

McCaffery is the only college coach to offer Bonifas a scholarship, although, another Big Ten coach now is showing interest.

Bonifas said he’s starting to hear on a more regular basis from Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who has a history of recruiting in Iowa. Bonifas attended a Wisconsin game this past season.

Former Linn-Mar guard Jason Bohannon signed with Wisconsin in 2006 and then went on to become a key player for the Badgers. Former Cedar Rapids Jefferson forward Jarrod Uthoff also signed with Wisconsin in 2010 and was redshirted this past season as a true freshman.

Bonifas played for a balanced Dubuque Senior squad that finished 18-6 this past season. He was not a primary scoring option, averaging just 5.5 points per game. He also averaged 5.2 rebounds per game and had 32 blocks.

“I saw myself improve a lot as the season went on,” Bonifas said. “I didn’t start the way I wanted to, but I feel like I finished up really strong and played a lot better.”

Bonifas will spend the spring and summer improving his game while playing on the AAU circuit. And with him only being a sophomore, he still has time to make a decision about college.

McCaffery apparently is willing to be patient, too.

“They’ve given me a ton of space, and they haven’t been pressuring me at all with my decision,” Bonifas said of the Iowa coaches.

Reach Pat Harty at 339-7368 or pharty@press-citizen.com.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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