September 4, 2011

Iowa offers 2014 in-state prospect

Just a few days before his 15th birthday, Seth Bonifas received a pretty nice early gift from Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery on Saturday morning. McCaffery told the 6-foot-9 Class of 2014 prospect that he was extending him a scholarship offer.

"I was kind of stunned when Coach McCaffery offered me. I really didn't know what to say," Bonifas said. "After we took a tour of the new practice facility, we went to his office and he talked about seeing me play and about the program and then he said he was offering me a scholarship."

The day before his high school coach told Bonifas that an offer might be coming, but the big man didn't really believe it. Now he is a believer.

As Coach McCaffery extended the offer, he told Bonifas that he has had his eye on him this past summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers AAU team.

"Coach McCaffery told me that he and his assistant coaches watched me a lot this summer and that he really liked the way I played the game and my potential. He felt like I could really help the program."

Growing up in Dubuque, Bonifas says he has been a Hawkeye fan all of his life and watches every Iowa football and basketball game.

"I grew up a huge Hawkeye fan. I always watch all of their games. This is sort of a dream come true for me and I'm still sort of in shock over it. I didn't sleep real well last night because I was so excited," Bonifas said.

Bonifas arrived on the Iowa campus with his parents in the morning and after the tour and the offer, he went to the Iowa Football game and enjoyed the experience.

"This was only my second Iowa Football game, so it was great to be there and I had a lot of fun, even with the rain."

Growing up a Hawkeye fan and picking up the Iowa offer, will Bonifas make a quick decision?

"I'm not really sure right now because it hasn't really settled in yet. I just want to see where things go right now."

Bonifas is on the radar of other programs around the Midwest. He has been receiving questionnaires from many schools and has also made unofficial visits to Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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