August 2, 2011

Thurman picks up offer

Every year prospects emerge during the July evaluation period when college coaches are allowed to see them play on the AAU circuit. One of those prospects who emerged this summer was Gavin Thurman, a 6-foot-6 forward from Wichita, Kansas.

While playing for the Kansas City based Pump N' Run team, one of the coaches watching was Iowa's Fran McCaffery and he and his staff liked what they saw. On Monday, the Hawkeye head coach extended a scholarship offer to the three star prospect.

"I talked to Coach McCaffery yesterday and he said that he and his assistants saw me play a lot in July and they really liked what they saw and he offered me a scholarship," Thurman said. "I like Iowa, they are in the Big Ten Conference and the offer gives me the opportunity to play in the Big Ten, which is very exciting."

Iowa isn't alone in their pursuit of Thurman, who also holds offers from Wichita State, Colorado State, Missouri State, Colorado State, Nevada, Western Kentucky, Drake, and Fresno State. He says he is getting interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Colorado, and others.

While he didn't want to name a favorite, Thurman says that Iowa and Wichita State are probably the two schools that interest him the most. He doesn't know how many official visits he will take this fall, but he will takes some and has yet to schedule those visits, but he confirmed that Iowa would be one the schools that he visits.

Thurman says he would like to make his college choice before the start of his senior season and plans to sign with a school in November. He says that style of play will factor into his decision.

"I want to play for a team that pushes the ball. That style of play fits me best."

After a month of basketball, Thurman plans on getting back in the gym and continue to work on his game. He says right now he is a shooter with range who can score in a variety of different ways on the court.

"I am a good shooter. That's the best part of my game, from the mid-range out to the three point line. I can post up a bit and score in the paint and attack the basket. I can also go in and get rebounds around the rim," Thurman said.

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