Iowa, ISU Offer Myles

Iowa, ISU Offer Myles

Jerry Myles just started his freshman year of high school. The Class of 2016 recruit got off to a good start with two scholarship offers this month.

It might be a good idea for Jerry Myles to continue visiting colleges this fall. He's picked up scholarship offers on his last two trips.

Iowa State extended an opportunity to Myles last weekend. On Saturday, Iowa followed suit while he was in town on an unofficial visit.

Myles just started his freshman year at Davenport (Iowa) West, meaning he's not logged a minute in high school basketball. He began attracting attention from college coaches when he played up two grades with the Quad City Elite AAU squad during the July evaluation period.

"(Iowa) was watching him quite a bit this summer," QC Elite Coach Logan Wynn said. "(The Hawkeye coaches) came to three or four of our games. Sometimes he didn't get in a whole lot because he was playing up. They would stick around to wait until he got in."

Myles, 14, already stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 180 pounds. He plays point guard and some two.

"Jerry said (Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery) told him that they don't offer guys that young usually; that's not his style," Wynn said. "He said he only offers somebody if they're ready. Obviously Jerry has to get stronger and keep developing, but he's way ahead of the curve for his grade right now."

Wynn said Myles already shows advanced court awareness to go with his "extreme athleticism."

"He gets in the open court and finds guys with passes that most 14-year-old kids are not going to be able to make," Wynn said. "He's also crafty. He's left-handed and that's an advantage.

"He's just really fluid. It's effortless."

Wynn said Myles needs to work on his ball handling, specifically with his off-hand.

"He'll be a nice point guard or two guard at the next level even if he doesn't get any taller," Wynn said.

Myles played with 2014 forward Ethan Happ in July on the QC Elite. Happ verbally committed to Wisconsin this summer after visiting Iowa (no offer).

"(Badgers Assistant) Gary Close started to show interest in Jerry while he was recruiting Ethan," Wynn said. "Jerry is going to make a visit to Wisconsin in October."

Wynn said Myles expects to see Nebraska in the next few weeks. The coach indicated that things just were getting started in the recruitment of his star guard.

"It will probably really take off next summer," Wynn said. "Me and his high school coach and his parents are just trying to encourage him to get good grades and enjoy his freshman year of high school. We don't want him to get caught up in all of this. There's still a long way to go."

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