October 5, 2010

Florida forward enjoys Iowa visit

Coach Fran McCaffery likes to keep his recruiting moves under wraps and he certainly did that this past weekend by bringing in an unknown prospect to Iowa City this past weekend. That visitor was Steve Moundou-Missi from Florida. The 6-foot-6 forward is originally from Cameroon and he says he liked what he saw on his visit to the University of Iowa.

"I had a really nice time on my visit," Moundou-Missi said. "I really liked the campus."

Moundou-Missi, who attends Montverde Academy in Montverde, FL, arrived on campus on Friday and was given a tour of the University of Iowa by the Hawkeye coaching staff and met with a professor from his expected major.

"On Friday they took me on a campus tour. I went to the Engineering school because that is what I want to major in when I get to college. I met with a professor and he talked to me about their program."

He spent some time on Friday evening with Iowa Basketball player Eric May and then it was more of a sports oriented day on Saturday that included a trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for shirts and skins basketball scrimmage and then a visit to Kinnick Stadium to watch Iowa play Penn State.

"It was really good on Saturday," he said. "I've never been to anything that big and it was neat to see the fans show their school spirit."

He is also developing a good relationship with Coach McCaffery and his staff in the recruiting process.

"They are good people. They want to bring Iowa Basketball to another level and they said I will be given a chance to help them do that."

This was the second official visit for Moundou-Missi. In the middle of September he made an official visit to Harvard, who along with Iowa has already offered. He is also considering Ivy League schools Brown and Princeton and may take visits to one of both of those schools in the near future and then he will make his decision.

If Iowa were to land a verbal commitment from Moundou-Missi, his AAU Coach with the Each 1 Teach 1 program, Therion Joseph, says the Hawkeyes would be getting a very solid player.

"He's a great kid," Joseph said. "For us, he was our glue guy on the floor. If we needed a basket, he would find a way to get a basket. If we needed a rebound, then he would go get us a rebound. He's just a real solid player."

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