August 3, 2008

May makes Lickliter's day

After a busy month of July playing in various AAU basketball tournaments and with football practice set to start on Monday at Dubuque Wahlert High School, Eric May and his parents made their way to Iowa City on Friday for an unofficial visit.

"I kind of had a hunch that the offer was coming after talking to the assistant coaches," May said. " But, I was just excited to go to Iowa City and get to know them better."

Coach Todd Lickliter presented the senior wing player who averaged 18 points a game last season in leading Wahlert to a state title with the scholarship offer he had been working towards.

On Sunday, after talking over his decision with his parents, May made the call that Coach Lickliter was hoping to hear, he wanted to be a Hawkeye.

"I accepted the scholarship offer today," said the 6-foot-4 and 215 pound hoops star. "I talked to Coach Lickliter this afternoon and he was pretty excited with the news. I told him I wanted to accept the scholarship and he said he hoped it was from Iowa."

After spending a good portion of Friday with the Iowa coaching staff, he felt right at home.

"I love the coaches. I like their ideas and the system that Coach Lickliter runs really is a good fit for me."

One of the ideas that the Hawkeye coaches have for May is that he could potentially see some playing time at the power forward position. While May might be a bit undersized, he isn't backing down from the challenge.

"They talked to me about playing some at the four. I am really willing to play wherever they want me to play. I could play the four. It doesn't really matter. I think I can create a few mismatches on the offensive end," he said.

Coach Lickliter has had a strong interest in May since seeing him pour in 30 points in handing Iowa City High their only loss of the season last year. After watching him this past month, Lickliter and his staff were completely sold.

"Iowa was at a lot of my games in July and I felt I had a good month and my team had a good month too, making it to the final four in most of the tournaments. I think this month really helped me quite a bit."

This season the Iowa roster will only include one native Iowan on the roster in Matt Gatens. But, with May on board, the Iowa flavor will increase by at least two in 2009.

"I think having more Iowa kids on the team is a real positive," May said. "We will have myself, Gatens, and Cougill on the team now and we hope to get more of them to join us. The fans will know the players a little better and we all know each other from high school."

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