July 16, 2009

McCabe adds new offers

Zach McCabe went into the July evaluation feeling he had something to prove to the critics. For those who said he wasn't athletic enough to play at the highest level in college basketball, McCabe silenced them in early July by outplaying some of the top players in the Midwest. Now the talented 2010 prospect is reaping the benefits by adding more offers to his list of schools and gaining attention on the national level.

"I have been hearing for a long time that I wasn't athletic enough and that I couldn't play at a high D1 level at a major conference. I thought that I could and I wanted to prove people wrong and that I could do that," McCabe said.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Sioux City Heelan averaged 15.9 points, 5.8 assists, and 9 rebounds a game in his junior season. In the past two weeks, he took his game to another level this month according to his AAU coach with the All Iowa Attack, Jake Sullivan.

"Zach has just been unbelievable. He was probably a little overshadowed by Harrison (Barnes). But, since Harrison has left, the ball is in his hands all the time and people are starting to realize that he might be one of the Top 100 guys in the country. He is really good and he does it every game."

College coaches are starting to take notice as well. Going into the July evaluation period, McCabe held offers from Iowa, Indiana State, Butler, and Northern Iowa. This week that list grew.

"I've picked up offers from Minnesota, Virginia, Rice, Utah, and Arizona State this week," McCabe said. "It's been kind of crazy, almost like a dream in some ways to get this sort of attention and offers."

One school that did not offer, but showed plenty of interest was Wisconsin.

"I talked to Coach Ryan and he said that they had a more of a need at guard. He said he would have loved to have coached me, but it didn't work out."

McCabe said that he has also spoken with Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter, who was in attendance last weekend in Chicago for all of his games at the Chicago Classic.

"I always see Coach Lickliter or Coach Walthall at my games and that is kind of special that they have come to every one of my games," he said. "I talked to Coach Lickliter on my way home the other day and he said he really liked the way that I played and that he really wants me to be a Hawkeye."

McCabe has been very consistent in saying that he wants to make his decision at the end of July. Is that timetable still intact?

"I think we are closer to making a decision. My family and I are going to talk about what we want to do. I could be sooner or it could be at the end of July."

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