August 23, 2011

Thurman sets visits

After a busy summer of basketball, Gavin Thurman has been sitting down with his father to figure out the next step in the recruiting process. That next step is setting up official visits and he will embark on that journey next week with the first stop in Iowa City.

"So far I have set up official visits to Iowa and Colorado State," Thurman said. "I'm going to Iowa on September 3rd and then I'm going to Colorado State on September 10th.

The 6-foot-7 wing forward from Wichita, Kansas has raised his recruiting stock this summer and has been gaining more attention. In addition to the offer from Iowa, he is also hearing from Oklahoma State and Nebraska at the bigger conference level. Thurman also has an offer from Wichita State and he says he will potentially visit the Shockers the weekend after the visit to Colorado State.

Iowa offered the rising 2012 prospect after seeing him extensively this summer for the Kansas City Pump N' Run squad and Coach Fran McCaffery has taken the lead in his recruitment.

"I've basically been talking with Coach McCaffery when it comes to Iowa. He's the coach who called me to set up the official visit."

While he hasn't gotten to know the Colorado State head coach as well at McCaffery, he wants to check out what they have to offer.

"I've gotten to know the coaches a bit and they have been talking to my dad much more. Since he has been helping me with the process, we want to take a visit there and see what it is like," Thurman said.

While some prospects get a case of nerves when it comes to making official visits, Thurman is taking a very relaxed approach. His basic idea is to learn more about each school and he hopes to find his comfort zone on one of the visits next month.

"I want to see how the coaches are with the players and also learn more about each of the programs and their campuses," he said. "Basically I want to find a level of comfort with a campus, the players, and the coaches. I just want to go to a place where I feel like I can make a difference as a player."

Thurman says that if he finds a level of comfort with one of the schools, then he would more than likely sign in November during the early signing period.

"I haven't set any sort of deadline for myself in the recruiting process. I'd like to decide by November, but I need to make sure it is the right fit and if that takes longer, then I'm fine with that. I don't feel like I am under any pressure to make a decision by a set time at this point."

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