When Ohio State extended a scholarship offer to in-state big man Micah Potter last month, most analysts expected his recruitment to end.
Those folks are still waiting.
Potter appreciated the Buckeye opportunity. It just didn’t mean he was ready to commit.
"Being an Ohio kid, I grew up an Ohio State fan. So, it was definitely cool to get that offer. But for me, it proves that I’m one of the legit kids in Ohio. Up until recently, I’ve been considered a mid-major guy. I worked my butt off and had a successful high school season. I proved myself to be more of a high-major guy. That’s what the Ohio State offer means most to me," he said.
Iowa became the latest Power 5 conference school to offer the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder from Mentor High when it jumped in on Tuesday.
"I’ve been talking with (Assistant) Coach (Sherman) Dillard for a couple of months. Ever since then we’ve been kind of keeping in touch. The first day he put me in touch with Coach McCaffery. I talked with him for a little bit.," Potter said.
"Coach Dillard called me about an hour and a half after I got home from school today. He said that Coach McCaffery would like to talk to me. He handed the phone over to Coach McCaffery. We talked for a little bit and he offered."
McCaffery delivered a poignant message.
"The first thing he said was that they really need a big man. He said they’re losing all four of their big men in the next two years. He said they were looking for a big that’s skilled and is ready to come in and start as a freshman. He said that I fill that role perfectly with my size and athleticism," Potter said.
Potter said that he watched Iowa defeat Ohio State twice this past season. He then saw the Hawkeyes blow out Davidson in the NCAA Tournament.
"I really love how Coach McCaffery coaches. I love how he’s a family guy. I love how he uses his bigs as well," he said.
Potter averaged 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a junior at Mentor, outside of Cleveland. He also shot 57 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range, averaging one 3-pointer per game.
"I’m more of a power forward than a center. I try to model my game after Kevin Love. That’s actually who a lot of people compare me to. I can step out and shoot the three. I can post up with my back to the basket. I can face up. I really enjoy passing the ball, too. I can make those long outlet passes like K. Love can do," he said.
Potter reports scholarship offers from Iowa Clemson, Davidson, Miami (Ohio), N.C. State, Ohio, Ohio State, Toledo, West Virginia, Boston University, Lehigh, Akron, Buffalo and Kent State. While his recruitment remains open, he’s focused on the level at which he’ll play.
"I feel like I’m more of a high-major guy. I really like Davidson, so Davidson is going to stay in the mix. I visited Davidson last summer. Other than that, unless it’s a big name mid-major, like a Gonzaga or a Butler or Creighton, I’ll probably focus on the high majors," he said.
Potter has visited West Virginia twice and Ohio State. He planned to see the Buckeyes again soon.
He’s considering a visit to Iowa.
"Coach McCaffery and Coach Dillard are coming up Monday to visit with me at my school. That will help me getting up my comfort zone with Iowa. I want to go somewhere that will develop bigs. And I know Iowa has had a history of some pretty good bigs coming out, especially in recent years. So, that’s a big thing for me," he said.