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Ohio senior Caris LeVert considering Iowa

[ 0 ] April 24, 2012 |

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery still has one scholarship to use this spring and his preference would be to land a wing player in the 6-foot-6 range.

High school senior Caris LeVert might fill that void.

LeVert’s high school coach told UMHoops.com that his star player is now talking with at least four Big Ten teams, including Iowa after being released from his letter of intent with Ohio University last week.

The 6-5 LeVert signed with Ohio in November, but then asked to be released from his letter of intent after John Groce resigned as the Ohio coach to take the same job at Illinois.

“We just kind of wanted to put ourselves in a different kind of academic environment,” LeVert’s high school coach, Jerry Francis, told UM Hoops.com on Tuesday. “Specifically, in the Big Ten he’s been talking to Michigan, Purdue, Illinois and Iowa.”

Francis, who played basketball at Ohio State in the mid-1980s, said LeVert would like to make a decision within the next month.

Francis said LeVert, who attends Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio, hasn’t scheduled any visits, but Michigan is high on LeVert’s list.

“They haven’t spoken as far as visit, but Caris is definitely willing to accept an opportunity to visit the University of Michigan,” Francis said. “We’re still in the formative stage of recruiting with phone calls, looking at academics and information.”

Five high school seniors signed with Iowa during the early signing period in November. The class is widely regarded as a top-30 class nationally.

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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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