Recruiting often can be compared to dominoes. When one prospect falls into place at a given school, it pushes another one to a different program, and so on.
Jordan Bohannon is hoping a few dominoes fall favorably for him. The Linn-Mar point guard is paying attention to how they land.
Bohannon likely is connected to Chicago floor general Charlie Moore, who holds an Iowa offer. The former would like one.
Moore announced Wednesday that he had set four official visits – Cal, Illinois, Memphis and Pittsburgh. He told All Hawkeyes that he’s still considering Iowa for a fifth and final official. Still, he said other schools remained in the picture for that trip as well.
On the surface, it looked like the Hawkeyes might be on the outside looking in for Moore. And that could have opened the door some more for Bohannon.
"I heard the (Moore) news this morning and I know (the Hawkeyes are) keeping in touch with me quite a bit in these past couple of weeks after the AAU season. Our relationship has always been good. I’m kind of just waiting on them," the 6-foot, 170-pounder said.
Bohannon isn’t sitting still, however. He’s set to officially visit Lehigh the weekend of Sept. 5 and DePaul the following week.
"I’m interested in them and they’re interested in me. I know at Lehigh, they’d give me an opportunity to play right away. That really intrigues me. And then DePaul, they’re just a big-time school. I think it would be really sweet to make a name for myself there," he said.
Bohannon said that Texas Tech (no offer) and South Dakota State are interested in visiting his home in September and then playing host to him on officials the following month. He also reports offers from Drake and Northern Iowa.
The Hawkeye coaches have been up front with Bohannon, he said.
"They kind of told me to look at their other top (point guard) recruits (Moore, Xavier Simpson, Donovan Jackson) and see what they do. Once they find out what’s going on with them, they’ll see what they want to do with me. I’ve been trying to follow (the other PG prospects) and texting Cordell (Pemsl) and Ryan (Kriener) to see what they’re hearing," he said.
Kriener and Pemsl played on the same Martin Brothers AAU team as did Bohannon. They’ve verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.
While Bohannon is trying to remain positive, it’s a difficult position in which to be.
"It’s kind of frustrating at times to see some school that you’d like to see offer you and you’re having to be patient about it. But that’s just the process. You just have to continue being patient. I know everything will work out," Bohannon said.
Bohannon receives solid support from family members who have been recruited.
Gordy Bohannon, his father, helped quarterback Iowa to its first Rose Bowl appearance under legendary coach Hayden Fry in 1981. Brothers Jason and Zach Bohannon played basketball at Wisconsin. Another sibling, Matt Bohannon, started for a Northern Iowa team that won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles last winter.
"They’ve been giving me a lot of advice. I was wanting to end my recruiting process when I was a freshman (UNI offered). They told me just to be patient and everything is going to work out. You just have to believe and have faith," Jordan said.
The youngest Bohannon boy hopes he can find a college that feels like home like his father and brothers did. He would like it if one of his options was Iowa.
"I just talked with (assistant) (Kirk) Speraw (Tuesday). He’s been talking with my dad. I talk with (Head Coach Fran) McCaffery every other week. We’re always in contact at some level. Someone from there is checking in on me regularly," he said.
Bohannon led Linn-Mar in scoring (17.8 PPG), rebounding (4.6 RPG) and assists (4.2 APG) as a junior. He connected on 77 of 182 three-point attempts (42.3 percent) and 63 of 67 free throws (94.0).