August 18, 2010

Hoops prospect sets official visit to Iowa

While Iowa fans are getting anxious to get a name on the board for the Class of 2011 in hoops recruiting, one thing is very clear, Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff are working hard on the recruiting trail to line up official visitors this fall. The latest recruit with a scholarship offer to set up an official visit is David Kravish, a 6-foot-10 skilled big man from Lee Summit, MO.

The Iowa coaching staff first made contact with Kravish back in June, just before the July evaluation period. They followed Kravish, who plays AAU basketball for Spiece Mo-Kan, during the month of July and then extended a scholarship offer once the evaluation period ended.

Since that point, the relationship between Kravish and Iowa has been building at a rapid rate.
"They (Iowa) started getting in touch with me before July and followed me a lot in July," Kravish said. "I talk to Coach McCaffery all the time and he is a great guy. I really like him. He has been the main guy contacting me in the last month."

The Hawkeyes aren't alone in the race to land the big man from the Kansas City area. Kravish says that there is a tie at the top of his recruitment list between Iowa, Colorado, California, and Creighton. He has set up an official visit for September 4th to the University of Iowa. He has also set up official visits to Cal on September 24th, followed by a trip to Creighton on the 28th. The Colorado visit is still pending, but Kravish would like to make a decision sooner rather than later.

"Hoping to wrap up all of my visits by the beginning of October and make my decision shortly after that because with the scholarships, they just aren't being offered to me," Kravish said.

In fact, Coach McCaffery has been very honest and upfront about Iowa's scholarship situation and how he will handle it with Kravish.

"Coach McCaffery told me right up front that they have four scholarships to give and he would call me after each one goes away."

In his junior season at Lee Summit North High School, Kravish averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds a game. He has worked hard in the off season and expects to improve those numbers in his senior season.

"I know I am going to put up better numbers in my senior year," Kravish said. "I like to run the floor and run pick and pop or face up and use my size to score over people."


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