It was reported last night in The Clubhouse on Hawkeyenation.com that Devan Bawinkel had committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Today, other sources are confirming the commitment.
(photo courtesy of Scout.com)
Devan Bawinkel - Winnebago, IL (played at Highland CC in Freeport, IL last season and was a three year all-stater at Winnebago) - 6'5", 185 lbs. He boasted a 4.0 GPA in high school to boot.
With the commitment, Todd Lickliter has bolstered the roster with another versatile wing with a great shooting touch.
Bawinkel was a top player in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2006, and finished 4th in the state's Mr. Basketball. Steve Alford recruited Devan, had him in for an unofficial visit and offered him a ride to play for the Hawks at the time. After receiving interests from other schools such as Georgetown, West Virginia, Michigan State, DePaul, Ohio State, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Butler, Notre Dame, Miami, and plenty more, Bawinkel decided to sign on with John Beilein at West Virginia. Midway into his freshman season, Devan sustained an injury that cost him a substantial amount of time on the court. Fast forward to the end of the season, Beilein heads to Michigan, (t)Huggins comes into West Virginia. To say the new staff and Bawinkel didn't click is an understatement, and Bawinkle decided to go the JUCO route.
Devan just finished up an MVP campaign at Highland Community College (click on the link for a short vid, as well). He has what has been described as a "lightning quick release". He is a very versatile player with a sound knowledge of the game. Here's a look at the company Bawinkel kept in 2005.
He will have two years of eligibility at Iowa.
A recap of this year's recuits:
Matt Gatens - 4 star SG out of Iowa City, IA; #13 SG in the nation (will play 2-3 for Iowa)
Anthony Tucker - 3 star PG/SG out of Minnetonka, MN; #35 PG in the nation (will play 1-3 for Iowa, has shot Mr. Basketball in state of MN and becoming a 4 star)
Andrew Brommer - 2 star PF/C out of Rosemount, MN (will play the 4-5)
Jermain Davis - 3 star SG JUCO out of Plymouth, MN (two years eligibility)
Aaron Fuller - 2 star PF out of Mesa, AZ (under the radar, better than his star ranking)
Devan Bawinkle - 3 star SG JUCO out of Winnebago, IL (two year eligibility)
Iowa still has over a month to sign additional recruits, and I would not be surprised to see Lick and Co. get one more guy into the system... preferably a JUCO big.