November 10, 2010
Signing Day Q&A
Wednesday will be a happy day for Coach Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Basketball program as they were set to sign two prospects in the Class of 2011. Forward Aaron White and guard Josh Oglesby are already committed to Iowa and they are excited to be making it official this week by signing their National Letter of Intent. Find out more about their plans.
The 6-foot-7 and 200 pound forward from Strongsville, Ohio will be signing with the Hawkeyes. He talks about signing day and his recent visit to Iowa City to watch practice.
Q: What are your plans for signing day?
WHITE: I am actually doing my signing on Friday.
Q: What is the reasoning for Friday?
WHITE: I delayed it just so we could get more people to come.
Q: Is it a ceremony at school?
WHITE: Yeah, it is at school in the library, so there will be a lot of people there. It will be family, friends, and relatives. There are people coming in. I'll sign and we will have pictures and stuff like that.
Q: Do you have your Iowa gear all picked out?
WHITE: Yeah I do. (laugh)
Q: Is your teammate Ray Hamilton going to be there for it?
WHITE: Yeah, he will be there for it.
Q: What have the Iowa coaches been telling you lately?
WHITE: I just got back from there last Monday and Tuesday. I went with my mom so she could check it out and so I could watch practice. I just talked to the coaches yesterday about signing day. It's really been good.
Q: What did you think of practice?
WHITE: It was great. I know Coach McCaffery is trying to get his system in with the players. I think once they get rolling it will be pretty good.
Q: Does it help you after seeing practice to get a better idea of your future?
WHITE: Yeah, definitely. That was one of the big things I wanted to see, how he conducts practice so I can be ready for it next year.
Q: Iowa scored 111 points in the exhibition game the other night. Did you get to see it?
WHITE: I saw bits and pieces of it on the internet. Didn't get to watch the whole game.
Q: What was it like to finally see the product on the floor?
WHITE: It was great. That is what Coach McCaffery wants to do, get up and down the floor. It was good for the fans to see it too. I know they have been bored with the slow pace and wanted to speed it up. I think it will be pretty good.
Q: Does that style of play really appeal to recruits?
WHITE: Oh yeah. If you play AAU ball that is the style you want to play. Kids want to get up and down, so that will only help with recruiting.
Q: When does your season get started?
WHITE: The first day of practice was yesterday and our first game is December 3rd. I can't wait to get started.
The 6-foot-5 and 175 pound guard from Cedar Rapids, IA will be signing with the Hawkeyes. He talks about signing day and what he saw from the Iowa Basketball team at their Sunday exhibition.
Q: What are your plans for signing day?
OGLESBY: I am just going to do something at the high school. Same room where I did the commitment ceremony. My coach is putting it together, so I really don't know a whole lot about it other than he said I don't have to say anything this time around until afterwards if someone wants to interview me.
Q: Are you excited to make this official?
OGLESBY: Yeah I am. Since I was little I wanted to be a Hawkeye and now I get to sign. I'm excited.
Q: Do you have your Hawkeye gear all picked out?
OGLESBY: Yeah, I have an Iowa shirt that I am going to wear.
Q: You were at the game on Sunday to see the 111 points get scored by Iowa. What did you think?
OGLESBY: I felt good for Coach McCaffery. It was an exhibition game, but I really think he wanted to make a statement. I was excited because they played well and I think once they get Matt Gatens back they can do something this year. Plus they are pretty young with Basabe and McCabe being freshman and Cully is a sophomore.
Q: You had to be pretty excited after seeing all the open looks for the outside that they were getting.
OGLESBY: Yeah I was. I love how they played fast and got open shots.
Q: What will this sort of tempo do as far as a sales pitch to other prospects?
OGLESBY: Oh yeah. I talked to Adam Woodbury after the game about it.
Q: Talk about your relationship with the coaches and how close you are to them.
OGLESBY: It's really been built up a lot. I talk to them every week. They talk to me about what is going on with the team. The good thing is it will keep building. I just feel that when I go down there I can talk to them about anything. At first it was a little nervous with coaches, but with the Iowa coaches it is really comfortable.
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