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    Native Iowans in College Basketball

    As I sit here and watch Jason Bohannon and the Badgers battle Ohio State, I can't help but imagine his college basketball career if he had chosen to commit to an in state school. Conversations concerning this topic usually involve someone saying "well he's playing form the second ranked team in the nation, can you blame him for leaving the state?" Well, from my cyclone/iowa-centered perspective... yes. Which is easier: taking the offer to go play for a loaded Wisconsin team where success will only be his to lose or play for an in state school with less talent while enjoying the possibility to rise further to success, whether at U of I or elsewhere in state. Looking at his scout.com profile, Jason Bohannon showed "no interest" in Iowa, despite a scholarship offer. Personally I think Jason Bohannon is selfish and exhibits poor character for taking, what I believe, was the easier route. Other Iowans who've jumped ship from years past that fall into the same category are Nick Collison and Kirk Heinrich. So, is this sour grapes? I think that there is a dimension of playing for an in state team that top tier recruits need to be aware of, am I alone?



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    Poor character in picking an out-of-state school?

    Ummmmmm....okay.



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    As much as I hated to see Collison and Hinrich go to Kansas, they both committed to ISU and then switched once Tim Floyd left. I can't blame them for that, as much as I'd love to. As far as Bohannon is concerned, I think any athlete that is that talented needs to go to the place that he can best put himself in a position to succeed. I know if I had the chance to contribute to a top-five team my freshman year, I wouldn't stay in state just for the sake of staying in state. And what's wrong with taking, as you put it, the "easy road?" Why make things more difficult for yourself than you have to?



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    What the hell are you talking about, isugcs? You are WAY off on this one. Choosing which college to attend is a personal decision. A kid has the right to go where ever he wants, regardless of what state he was born in.

    Bohannon wanted to play for a national championship, not a potential NIT berth or first round departure from the NCAA's. And right now, that's all any of the in-state schools are offering. That was his choice and no one can fault him for going that route. And as you see him nailing huge shots against the top rated team in college basketball, dealing with immense pressure, can you really say he took the easy way out??

    And as for him having "no interest" in the U of I, I remember reading an article some time back that he didn't want to go to Iowa because he wanted to make a name for himself by his own talent, not always being known as "our former quarterback's son".



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    sour grapes



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    I'm rootin for J-Bo right now, and I root for most Iowans, am I the only one?


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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    A-town I am the same way, as long as they don't play for Iowa or Kansas :-)



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    Yeah, I rooted against Bohannon when we played him in high school, but now I root for him.



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    Quoting Isugcs: "Personally I think Jason Bohannon is selfish and exhibits poor character for taking, what I believe, was the easier route."

    So, with this kind of thinking our entire starting line up is selfish and of poor character? That statement was absurd!



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    All right, fellas, here's the scoop on Scout.com's "No Interest" thing: When a player is considering schools (i.e. before he commits), they tell how much interest he has in any number of different schools, from "High" to "Medium" to "Low." After the player commits, the school that he commited to says "Verbal" and then there is a column for whether or not he has signed his letter of intent. Once he has a "Verbal" to one of the schools on his list, all of the other schools automatically get a "No Interest" next to their name. It DOES NOT mean that the player actually wasn't interested in going there in the first place. Get the facts straight before you go blabbing something on a message board about a guy's "character" before you even know what you're talking about.

    P.S. I was rooting for Bohannon today--he's an excellent talent and can be a great ambassador for the state of Iowa throughout his career in Wisconsin.



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    The road runs both ways.... I'm glad some of ISU's greatest didn't stay in their respective home state... Kelvin Cato, Marcus Fizer, Seneca Wallace, Barry Stevens, Dexter Green, Troy Davis, to name a few.



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    Last season Wayne Morgan's team struggled, Alford was expected to go to Indiana, and G-Mac was a front runner for nearly every job in the country. Is there any kid who wouldn't want to play for a class-act coach like Bo Ryan, who isn't leaving Madison any time soon?


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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    Lol, I'm not even sure why I'm paying respect to this thread by responding to it. Using your thought process, every single recruit needs to stay in their home state to represent their school. Mario Chalmers would be playing for Alaska-Anchorage, and Carlos Boozer would have as well. Craig Brackins would be forced to play for New Hampshire. Michael Jordan would've played presumably for Syracuse.

    The point is, as others have stated, if you're a high school kid and you have your life ahead of you, your choice of college to attend is totally yours. And you shouldn't have to explain that to people creating dumb message board fodder.



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    Fair enough. Thanks to all for responding



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    Re: Native Iowans in College Basketball

    So he took the easier route by going to the more loaded team where playing time would be less certain? Color me confused.



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