’20 Forward Jamari Sibley Impressed with Hawkeye Official

September 29, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

Jamari Sibley struggled coming up with his favorite parts of this weekend’s official visit to the University of Iowa.

“There are so many things I liked, but a few of the best things are the coaching staff and what they preach to me, the fan involvement and culture, and the players on the team,” the Milwaukee native in his first year at Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy told HN Sunday night.

The Hawkeyes have been pursuing Sibley (6-8, 200) since early in his high school career. He visited them two Septembers ago and feels comfortable around the staff.

The coaches reiterated this weekend how much they’d like him on their roster.

“They love my game and think I will fit perfect in their program. They’ve been recruiting me for three years, and they really want me,” Sibley said.

Rivals and 247 view Sibley as a four-star prospect. The former sees him as the No. 86 player nationally regardless of position in the 2020 recruiting class. The latter puts him at No. 122.

Sibley reports 23 scholarship offers from schools all across the country, including Syracuse, Maryland, Iowa State, Florida, Arizona State, Kansas State, LSU, Marquette, Minnesota, Georgetown and Texas A&M.

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Minnesota played host to Sibley on an official visit earlier this month. He was scheduled to officially visit Georgetown next weekend.

“I will maybe visit Iowa state, and I’ll commit in about one month,” he said.

Sibley is still undecided on a college major.

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Iowa put itself on strong footing with Sibley after this weekend. He continued building his bond with head coach Fran McCaffery.

“I had an amazing time with him. He is a great coach, an honest coach and just a good person overall, regardless of the basketball,” said Sibley, who ran with Phenom University on the EYBL circuit.

Junior center Luka Garza played host to him on the official visit.

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“We connected really well. He has some experience and was giving me advice. He even said me and him can run the show next year,” Sibley said.

Asked where Iowa stands after the visit, Sibley said: “Really high.”

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