Iowa basketball has one commit in the 2023 class that plays for Moline (Ill.) High School as 2023 three-star forward Owen Freeman transferred to Moline from Bradley-Bourboinaiss in the spring.
Could the Hawkeyes add another?
There is potential as on Monday, the Iowa staff extended an offer to Moline three-star point guard Brock Harding, the first high-major offer for him. Harding, who is listed at 6-foot, holds offers from Appalachian State, Bradley, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, UIC, IPFW, Loyola (Chi.), Radford, Rice, St. Louis, SEMO, Southern Illinois, and Western Illinois.
Harding has been on the Iowa radar for quite some time now as the Hawkeyes have been evaluating him since the winter months. The Iowa staff has always seemed to be high on Harding, but it was just a matter of if it wanted to take a point guard in the 2023 class and Harding fits that mold.
Former Iowa assistant coach Kirk Spiraw was the staff member recruiting Harding when he was on staff, but now it is new Iowa assistant coach Matt Gatens. When Speraw retired, he assured Harding that the Hawkeyes are going to show more interest.
“The day Coach Speraw retired, I texted him,” Harding said. “He told me that they were going to keep watching me, and they were still going to be heavily involved with the new assistant coach. They’re seeing if they’re going to need a guard in my class or if they’ll need other positions.”
“When Speraw saw me in the winter, he liked that I could pass, dribble, and shoot. He liked that I was under control with the ball. I was quick, but never too quick, where I couldn’t control myself. I did a great job of controlling the game, talking, and being the true point guard. That’s something that they wanted whether it was me or someone else in a different class. That’s something they think they could see me doing there.”
Harding has seen how he’d fit in Iowa’s system and likes the potential for it.
“I like that they have five guys on the court that can score at all times,” he said. “They play up and down and get shots up. That’s somewhere where I can really affect the game is going up and down, and not just playing the half-court game. I’m really good in the full court with creating stuff for myself and others, and I feel like they do that with all five guys.”
Harding has already taken a visit to Loyola-Chicago this summer and the Hawkeyes are likely going to get another visit this summer at some point. The expectation is that more Big Ten schools will offer Harding.
Per 247Sports, Harding is listed as No. 33 point guard in the class of 2023 nationally.
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