A frequent visitor to Iowa, Xavier Foster returned to campus last week for another unofficial stop. The Class of 2020 big man from Oskaloosa (IA) high watched practice and talked with the coaches.

The Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to Foster back in September, before he ever played a high school game. We wrote about that opportunity at the time.

Iowa State, Creighton and Illinois have since offered Foster (6-8, 210) scholarships. Still, the Hawkeyes have recruited him the hardest, he said.

Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff spent time on the recent visit explaining to Foster how they’d use him and some things they felt he could work on.

“They said that I would be very effective if I would run the floor and when I drive to attack the high foot (of the defender),” Foster told HN. “They are all really good coaches and they really want me at Iowa.”

Foster played in all 24 of Oskaloosa’s games as a freshman last winter, when he averaged 7.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks. He participated in the 2016 USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp during October and the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team training camp earlier this summer.

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He raised his recruiting stock in the spring and summer while running with the Pure Prep Academy AAU program. College coaches provided feedback to his father, DaJuan Foster, on areas in need of improvement.

“What I have been told the most is that I need to run the floor and get easy points, which I will be working on soon,” said Xavier, who has a 7-foot-1 arm span.

During his stop at Iowa, Foster hung out with fellow visitors Joe Wieskamp (’18, Muscatine) and Patrick McCaffery (’19, Iowa City West), the state’s top players in their classes.

“We didn’t really talk about much. We talked about the travel season. Both Pat and Joe are great players and it was awesome to be around them,” Foster said.

Wieskamp will sign with Iowa in the fall. McCaffery is expected to join his dad’s program, although a formal commitment has yet to come. The Hawkeye staff would love to add Foster, making it three consecutive years of landing local talent ranked among the nation’s best.

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“It’s a great college but I have to keep my options open at this point,” Foster said. “I’m taking my time with the process. Other than playing, the best part of basketball is where it can take you. I want to make sure wherever it takes me, it’s a great fit and the best place for my future.”