February 16, 2009

Hawkeyes host 2011 shooting guard

It was a busy weekend on the road for Hayden Hoerdemann, as the 2011 shooting guard prospect from Bloomington, IL made his way to two Big Ten campuses for games on consecutive days. Hoerdemann started his weekend in Iowa City to watch the Hawkeyes play Purdue and finished up on Sunday with a trip to Evanston to see the Wildcats matchup with Michigan.

"We went to Iowa on Saturday and it was a really fun experience to sit right behind the bench and listen to the coaches. I was able to speak with Coach Walthall before the game and all the coaches at Iowa are great and I like them a lot. The atmosphere there at the arena was great. I really liked it," Hoerdemann said.

Iowa has some pretty strong ties already in place with Hoerdemann's AAU coach, Gavin Sullivan, who runs the Peoria Irish program. Sullivan played collegiately at Loras College and was coached by Iowa assistant, Chad Walthall.

One thing that the shooting guard liked was the up close look at Iowa Basketball from his seat right behind the Hawkeye bench.

"It was very interesting to watch the Iowa coaches. They aren't screamers or yellers. They talk to their players and explain things to them when they are in timeouts or on the bench. They are really good teachers and explain to them what they would like done on the floor. I really like the way that they coach," he said.

On Sunday, Hoerdemann spent the day on the Northwestern campus, watching the Wildcats, which was another good experience.

"I went to Northwestern on Sunday and I liked it as well," he said. "It is a smaller gym, but there were a lot of people there and the fans were supportive. It was a good game and I really liked the coaches."

The 6-foot-3 and 170 pound shooting guard holds offers from Illinois State and Eastern Illinois and has already made trips to Illinois and Notre Dame. He plans to get back down to Champaign in the next few weeks, along with a trip to Madison for a Wisconsin game.

This season, Hoerdemann is averaging 18 points a game to go along with six assists at Bloomington Central Catholic High School. After being highly ranked early in the year, he is hoping for a strong finish to his season and perhaps a run at state.

"We have had some ups and downs this year so far. I am averaging 18 points a game and five or six assists. We are 15-8 overall. We started the season ranked #4 in our class and we lost four straight, but we are trying to climb back. We have a talented team and I think we can make it to state, if we can get out of our regional."

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