MADISON, Wis. – So now what Jarrod Uthoff?
“You’re guess is as good as mine,” the former Cedar Rapids Jefferson all-stater said with a laugh Sunday night.
Uthoff spent two days last week on an official visit to Iowa State, as he looks for a place to take his basketball talents. The former Wisconsin Badgers forward visited Creighton two weeks ago and said he will visit Marquette sometime this week (though he wasn’t sure what day), as he looks for a place to transfer.
Then it’s a likely trip to Florida in a couple of weeks, which has asked him to come for an official visit.
“That’s the plan,” Uthoff said.
It appears to be down to five possibilities for the 2011 Iowa Mr. Basketball: Iowa State, Marquette, Florida, Creighton and Iowa. Uthoff reiterated Sunday the Hawkeyes are on his list, though he can’t officially visit or contact the coaching staff (or vice versa) as part of his controversial scholarship release from Wisconsin.
The Badgers originally banned Uthoff from speaking to every school in the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as Marquette, Iowa State and Florida as part of his release. He appealed, and the school reduced the number of banned schools to just the Big Ten.
Uthoff could have appealed that decision but chose not to. He said he enjoyed his visit to Iowa State but wouldn’t tip his hand as to whether or not it was better than Creighton.
“I met with the coaches, took a tour of the campus,” he said. “I liked it. It was nice.”
He was asked if he felt he could fit into head coach Fred Hoiberg’s offense. That is why he decided to leave Wisconsin.
“Definitely,” he said, without expounding.