April 30, 2008

Indiana forward visiting Iowa?

The state of Indiana is known for producing plenty of basketball talent and every year a player seems to emerge onto the scene in the spring and capture several high major offers. In the Class of 2009, one prospect who is getting getting plenty of attention this year is Patrick Bade, a skilled power forward prospect who will be making a visit to Iowa City in May.

"I am planning to visit Iowa on May 17th," Bade said.

The visit shouldn't come as a surprise given the recent offer from the Hawkeyes, but Iowa also has a connection to his high school, Franklin Central. In his junior year, Coach Lickliter's son, John, played at Franklin Central.

"I know Coach Lickliter and John, but I can't say I know them well. I like Coach Lickliter and his program," he said.

This past season at Franklin Central, the 6-foot-8 and 225 pound forward averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. His skill set is ideal for a power forward prospect in college.

"I am an athletic forward that can step out and shoot the three. I can handle the ball pretty well and score inside," Bade said.

While he was getting plenty of attention from several D1 football programs as a line prospect, he has decided that hoops will be his future and several of the top programs in the Midwest have started to take notice.

In addition to the offer from Iowa, Miami, OH has recently extended a scholarship offer and more could be on the way. Bade says that Ohio State and Notre Dame have started to show more interest, joining schools like Purdue, Indiana, Butler, Xavier, and Northwestern that have been recruiting him this spring. But, his recruiting plan is to take his time.

"I want to keep my options open," Bade said. "I hope to make my decision sometime in the fall."

He says that playing time will be a factor, but more important will be the educational aspect as he hopes to study engineering in college.

His plan for the rest of the summer is to continue playing for Indiana Elite LNO, which he has enjoyed doing this spring.

"It has been a great experience. I love playing with those guys and it has really helped to improve my game and see the floor better."

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