Iowa Basketball played host to T.J. Power last October after offering him a scholarship back in September of 2020. The Hawkeyes have continued building the relationship with him, putting themselves in a good position in the pursuit of the talented Worcester (MA) Academy power forward.
“Things are going good with Iowa. I’m feeling good about them,” Power told HF. “I talk a lot with coach (Fran) McCaffery and coach (Courtney) Eldridge.”
Power (6-10, 210) runs with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) program on the EYBL AAU circuit. Current Hawkeyes Josh Ogundele and Dasonte Bowen are alums of the outfit.
Like he did with Ogundele and Bowen, McCaffery has built a strong bond with Power.
“Coach is awesome. He talks to me about how he sees me playing at Iowa, and then we talk about different steps in the process I’m on. He gives me good insight into what coaches look for, how guys go through NBA tryouts, what the NIL situation is like in Iowa,” Power said.
“Anything I need to know, I can ask him. And even if it’s not Iowa related, he always informs me on stuff. He is easy to talk to, and I think we have a great relationship.”
Power is scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Sunday. He said he’s not planning any other summer visits.
“I’m thinking about an Iowa official visit, but I haven’t set anything up though,” he said.
Rivals ranks Power as a four-star prospect and the No. 64 player overall nationally in the ’23 Class. 247Sports also sees him as a four-star. The service puts him No. 54 in the country for the cycle.
Power was named his state’s Gatorade Player of the Year for ’21-22 after averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He scored 26 points and grabbed 11 boards in Worcester’s 85-83 victory over Bradford Christian Academy in the Class AA state title game, earning tournament MVP honors.
Among Power’s 18 scholarship offers, he reports opportunities from UConn, Creighton, Indiana, Marquette, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Providence, Stanford and Virginia.
TJ Power scored 24 points & had the game-deciding basket in BABC’s win this morning. Textbook outside shot at 6’8”+, toughness as a rebounder, and can really pass the ball. Head coaches from Iowa, Boston College, and Penn State were all there watching. @TJPower14@thebabcpic.twitter.com/7zHbgMx2FO
— Trent Markwith (@TMarkwith14) April 10, 2022