By Roy & Harv Schmidt
There is no question that the University of Northern Iowa coaching staff continues to do an outstanding job when it comes to recruiting prospects from the Chicago area, especially from the Illinois Wolves traveling team. This is evidenced by the fact that today Panther head coach Ben Jacobson secured a commitment from a talented combo guard who plays for the Wolves. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has more in this blog.
Illinois Wolves AAU coach Mike Mullins has confirmed to us that Brian Conway, a 6'3 combo guard from Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, IL has verbally committed to the University of Northern Iowa. Conway chose the Panthers over Wisconsin-Green Bay and others.
Playing on an AAU team that is extremely guard-heavy, it is easy for Conway to get lost in the shuffle. However, we have always considered him to be an ideal mid-major recruit and with that being said there is no question that he is a quality get for Northern Iowa and head coach Ben Jacobson. Conway was one of the top players at the Reebok Proving Ground Regional Combine in Chicago during the July evaluation period.
There is no question that Conway will provide the Panthers with a highly athletic guard who sports a great deal of versatility. He has range that extends beyond the 3-point line, has the power and speed to get to the basket and is superb in the open court and on the break, where he finishes with consistency. In addition, Conway is a quality student and also carries himself extremely well both on and off the court.
Conway's commitment is yet another indication of the outstanding job that Panther assistant coach Kyle Green continues to do when it comes to recruiting the Chicago area. Green has been especially successful in recruiting players from the Wolves, as he was also instrumental in helping the Panthers land class of 2008 point guard John Moran from Jacobs High School in Algonquin, IL. A third Chicago area player on the current Panther roster is Jon Montgomery, who played his high school basketball at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago.
Conway becomes the third player from the Illinois Wolves 17-Under traveling team to offer up a verbal commitment, as last October 6'4 Joseph Bertrand from Sterling High School in Sterling, IL committed to the University of Illinois and this past winter 6'3 Diamond Taylor from Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, IL verballed to the University of Wisconsin.