April 29, 2009

McCabe visits Iowa City

Coach Todd Lickliter landed two of the top in-state prospects in 2009 and now he has his eyes set on one of the top players in the state of Iowa in 2010 in Zach McCabe. Earlier this week the talented wing player from Sioux City Heelan made a stop in Iowa City and spent a good portion of the day with the Iowa coaches, who offered him a scholarship recently.

"I came to Iowa City in the morning and talked to the coaches and walked around the campus. I also watched some of the guys doing workouts and that was about it," McCabe said.

During his visit, McCabe toured the campus, including visits to the Athletes Learning Center and a trip to the School of Business, which he plans to major in once he gets to college. He also sat down with Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter, who told the 6-foot-6 forward that he would like him to be a Hawkeye.

"He told me that they are very excited about the possibility that I might come to Iowa and that they are high on me and want me to commit. They were very excited to have me on campus," McCabe said.

Iowa isn't alone in wanting McCabe to sign with them and be part of their 2010 class. He has an offer from Butler and a trio of Indiana schools are showing interest.

"Notre Dame has been recruiting me for a while and they want to see me in July," he said. "Indiana has been showing interest recently and I am thinking about going to their elite camp this summer. Purdue has also shown some interest and UNI stopped by for an open gym recently."

This past season McCabe averaged 15.9 points per game to go along with 9 rebounds and 5.8 assists on the basketball court as Heelan captured the state title in Class 3A. He was also the starting quarterback on Heelan's football team, which won the state title. He seems to have made two important recruiting decisions that will impact his future.

"A lot of people have been asking me about summer football camps recently and I kind of think that basketball is probably the best thing for me. I have worked harder at basketball and probably like it more."

He has also decided when he will look to make a verbal commit to a college basketball program.

"I want to wait until the July recruiting period is over and see where things stand. I just want to see what my options are and go from there," he said.

Next up for McCabe is to play this summer with the All Iowa Attack AAU team. He will be playing with 2010 five star prospect Harrison Barnes this year, but the team is still trying to adjust to several new faces that have joined the team.

"So far we have been playing good," he said. "We had a little bump in the road in Arkansas. We are sort of a new team with some new guys, so we are still getting adjusted. We hope we will be hitting our stride in July."

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