Iowa’s courtship of K.J. Santos stretches back to the beginning of his high school career. In a few months, he’ll be a senior. His recruiting process will end in the fall.
The Hawkeyes have built a strong relationship with the Chicago standout. They’ve positioned themselves well.
"They’re still high on my list. I plan on taking a visit there sometime this summer," Santos said. "I like how Iowa has been there since the beginning and is always there for me. So, I will remember that."
The Hawkeyes offered Santos a scholarship in October of 2013. They’ve remained in contact through the years.
"(Assistant) Coach (Andrew) Francis usually calls or texts to check up on me every other week or so. He just tells me that he’s checking up on me and that Iowa is still interested in me and stuff like that," he said.
Santos said that Wichita state, Oklahoma, DePaul, Xavier, Wake Forest and West Virginia also are in the running for his services. He reports scholarship offers from all of them.
"I’m going to cut my list down after July and then take visits. I want to see if I can pick up more offers during July," he said.
Santos said he’d likely commit to a school sometime in the fall.
Santos, who plays at the South Kent (CT) School, joined the Mac Irvin Fire AAU program of Chicago this spring. He broke his foot during the first EYBL session in April and missed the rest of the period.
The versatile 6-8, 210-pounder said he’ll be ready for the July evaluation period.
"I want to show the coaches that I’m more aggressive and more active for rebounds. I also want to show that I’m very versatile playing the 1 through 3 (positions)," Santos said.