After taking unofficial visits to Notre Dame, DePaul, NIU, Michigan State and Illinois, junior Devan Bawinkel is already quite familiar with the recruiting process. Several high profile coaches’ have already traveled to Winnebago (IL) High School to watch the 6-foot-5, 185-pound combo guard practice during an open gym session. As it stands right now, Bawinkel would like to take all five official visits before making a decision about his future.
“I would say that my recruitment is going pretty good right now,” Bawinkel said. “Coaches’ from Michigan State, NC State and DePaul have already been to watch me practice. Michigan State, California, NC State, Notre Dame and Miami-FL are the schools that I really like right now.
“I have already taken unofficial visits to Notre Dame, DePaul, NIU, Michigan State and Illinois,” he added. “The plan right now is for me to take some official visits next fall before I make any decisions about what school to attend.”
Bawinkel, the No. 104 ranked player in the class of 2006, fully intends to take all five official visits next fall. However, there is a chance that he might be ready to decide after taking just one or two visits.
“Michigan State, NC State and California are the schools that I would like to officially visits,” Bawinkel said. “I do plan to take all five visits at this time, but if I fall in love with a school after one or two visits, I will end my recruitment right then and there. I do think that getting a good look at all five schools that I decide to visit is the best option, but if that doesn’t happen, I won’t spend too much time worrying about it.”
As a sophomore, Bawinkel averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds for Winnebago High School.