Jeremy Fears

Point guard Jeremy Fears Jr. is getting ready to start his sophomore year of high school. He’ll do so with tremendous momentum on the recruiting trail.

Despite a pandemic beginning in March, college coaches saw enough in the six-foot, 160-pounder to extend scholarship offers. Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Maryland, Creighton, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Nebraska, DePaul and Ole Miss were the high major programs to have stepped forward so far.

The Hawkeyes jumped into the mix on July 29. The news was well received.

“It meant a lot to pick up an offer from Iowa because I think they have a good coaching staff,” Fears Jr. told HN. “It’s the Big Ten. It’s close to home. I think they have the potential to be a top team year in and year out in the Big Ten.”

The Hawkeyes finished in the Top 25 during a COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season. It was expected to begin this campaign in the Top 10 if not the Top 5.

“They have a much better campus than I thought and the arena is packed every night. I’ve just heard a lot of good things about the coaches from my dad and people around my hometown,” Fears Jr. said.

Fears Jr. preps at Joliet (IL) West High and runs with the Bradley Beal Elite AAU program. The latter is run by the Washington Wizards star guard, a St. Louis native who played at Florida.

“I love college basketball, and there are so many teams I like. But I grew up cheering for Duke,” Fears Jr. said.

Jeremy Fears Sr. played at Bradley after prepping at Joliet Township High. He began his college career at Ohio. He competed professionally in Germany.

“I played a couple years in Europe growing up,” Fears Jr. said.

He’s developed into a traditional one man.

“I would describe my game as a pass-first point guard that’s capable of getting a bucket at any time; a winner, a leader and a big-time floor general,” Fears Jr. said.

He’s early in the process of being a prospect and taking his time, getting to know coaches and programs.

“Recruiting is new to me. I’m just enjoying the moment right now, but I am honestly not sure how things will play out. I just want the team to be known and capable of producing really good guards,” Fears Jr. said.