March 1, 2010

Uthoff emerges as 2011 prospect

Every year you can count on a basketball prospect in the state of Iowa creating a bit of a buzz with his play and moving on to the radar of college coaches in the Midwest. After averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds a game this winter for Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, Jarrod Uthoff has done just that.

The 6-foot-8 skilled forward has made a mark this year helping lead Jefferson to an outstanding season.

"I've had a pretty good year so far and we are 17-4 this season. On Tuesday we play Cedar Falls for a chance to go to state," Uthoff said.

Uthoff is a relative of former Iowa State star Dean Uthoff, who starred for the Cyclones from 1977-80, so he has basketball in his blood.

On Sunday the talented forward was in Iowa City to take in the Hawkeyes game against Indiana. Thus far his contact with the Hawkeyes has been limited, but that relationship could be starting to grow.

"I haven't really talked much to the Iowa coaches yet, but they have been talking to my AAU coach with the Iowa Barnstormers and they told him that they wanted me to come down and they could talk me here," he said. "It's kind of exciting to have Iowa showing interest in me."

He has been to both Iowa and Iowa State in the past month and was impressed with what he saw in Iowa City on Sunday.

"I went to an Iowa State game about a month ago and now I'm in Iowa City today. Carver-Hawkeye is a great arena. I really like it here."

The 2011 prospect already holds scholarship offers from Northern Iowa and Albany. He says that the while he roots for all of the in-state schools. In addition to the interest he has received from Iowa and Iowa State, he has heard from Wichita State and Creighton, plus several other schools.

This spring and summer he will be playing with the Iowa Barnstormers AAU program and he hopes to add to his list of scholarship offers during that time.

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