December 4, 2009

Hawkeyes offer 2011 big man

Battle Creek Central High School has been good to the Hawkeyes in the past and Coach Todd Lickliter hopes it might be again in 2011. Back in the early 90's Iowa was able to get Kenyon Murray out of Battle Creek and now they are trying to do the same with 6-foot-8 junior big man Trey McDonald, who was offered by the Hawkeyes on a visit to Iowa City.

"Iowa offered him when we visited for football game against Indiana this fall," said long time head coach Greg Williams. "We went home and the family discussed it and really liked getting the Iowa offer. Coach Jordan has really done a tremendous job and we are going to come out with the family on the first available Saturday when Iowa is playing at home to see a game. "

In addition to the offer from Iowa, Williams says that Dayton, Oakland, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan have offered. This fall, McDonald also made unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State. He is also receiving strong interest from Penn State and Illinois, according to Coach Williams.

Williams has been the head coach at Battle Creek Central for 27 years, so he was part of Murray's recruitment to Iowa and has a very positive relationship with the Hawkeye program and Iowa assistant and Michigan native, LaVall Jordan.

"I had talked to LaVall Jordan, who is from Albion, MI and went to the same HS as Monter Glasper. I feel like I am pretty connected to Iowa that way today and he knows our program very well. He did a good job of staying in touch with Trey through the early stages of the process and getting him out there for the camp," Williams said.

McDonald was at Iowa's Elite Camp in August and that is when the Hawkeye coaches were really sold on the junior big man who didn't play organized basketball until he was in the 7th grade. His coach sees plenty of potential down the road for his talented player.

"He has a great upside and is an outstanding worker," Williams said of McDonald. "He is kind of like Tim Duncan in his game. He isn't going to be explosive, but he is smooth. In high school he is playing more back to the basket because that helps our team and what we want to do. He has a nice touch and a good release point. We take him to the short corner and he makes that shot on a regular basis. He is an excellent passer too."

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