When Jason Bohannon chose Wisconsin ahead of Iowa in 2005, the decision set forth in motion a belief that he and his family disliked the Hawkeyes.
That can happen when your from Cedar Rapids and your father played quarterback for the legendary Hayden Fry in Iowa City.
Another of Gordy Bohannon’s sons, Zach Bohannon, followed Jason to Madison. Matt Bohannon, the third oldest brother, finished his junior season at Northern Iowa in March’s NCAA Tournament.
That leaves the baby of the family, Jordan Bohannon, a senior at Linn-Mar in Marion (IA) High. The 6-foot, 170-pound point guard is hearing from the Hawkeyes. He’d like to stop any rumors that Iowa faces a bias based on family views.
"I’ve always enjoyed watching them play and always have thought of the possibility of me wearing black and gold when I was little. Obviously, there are people out there that think the Bohannon family is anti-iowa but they just haven’t really understood the circumstances at the time when Jason chose Wisconsin.
"I’ve always been an Iowa fan. I just was a Wisconsin and UNI fan, too."
The youngest Bohannon runs with a Martin Brothers AAU squad that produced current Hawkeyes Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury along with Matt Gatens and Glen Worley of past Iowa teams. Fellow Class of 2016 member, Cordell Pemsl of Dubuque (IA) Wahlert High, has been a member of the program. He committed to Iowa last spring.
"I’ve talked to Coach (Fran) McCaffrey on the phone after he watched me play this summer," Jordan Bohannon said. "He said he really loves my game and how I’ve improved throughout the last three years. He said he really wants me to be wearing an Iowa jersey next year and wants to find a way for that to be possible after getting a few big guys."
"Coach McCaffrey and Coach (Kirk) Speraw have been in touch with me after most of my AAU games over the past week."
Bohannon led Linn-Mar in scoring (17.8 PPG), rebounding (4.6 RPG) and assists (4.2 APG). He connected on 77 of 182 three-point attempts (42.3 percent) and 63 of 67 free throws (94.0).
"I feel like I would fit in really well (with Iowa’s style of play). I’ve watched it since I was little so I understand their system great. I see myself playing like Gesell," Bohannon said.
"I know I can handle pressure well, make big shots, and most importantly get my teammates open and help them play up to their potential; and just other stuff that point guards need to do to help a team flow."
Bohannon reports scholarship offers from DePaul, Drake, Northern Iowa, Lehigh and South Dakota State. He said he feels he’s positioned well for potential offers with Iowa, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and Creighton.
"I would just like to finish this last (AAU) tournament (this week in Louisville) off at my highest possible potential in hopes for a college that wants and believes in me unlike anywhere else. I’m looking for a a place that I can help the team get a championship, which is the most important," Bohannon said.
Bohannon said he plans to study business in college.