March 12, 2010

Iowa forward sees options open

While Seth Tuttle holds just two scholarship offers, it would appear the floodgates could soon open for the 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Sheffield, Iowa. Tuttle holds scholarship offers from Northern Iowa and South Dakota, but has been hearing from schools as close as Iowa and as far away as Colorado State.

Tuttle has put up some impressive numbers for West Fork High School this season, averaging 20.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. He also has made good on 10-of-23 shots from behind the three-point arch and has more assists (83) and blocks (58) than fouls. Tuttle's West Fork team went 22-0 and was ranked third in Iowa's Class 2-A before losing in the district final to Wapsie Valley High School.

"Last year I wasn't very experienced from the outside and I just sat down low," Tuttle said. "This year we got a freshman who is about the same size as I am. About five games in, we put him out there in the post and I have been working on taking people off the dribble and shooting the three."

"He (Tuttle) is a very good post player with quick moves, and has developed his outside shot and free throw shooting," said West Fork Coach Jordan Nelson. "He passes the ball very well and has a very high basketball IQ. Defensively, he blocks shots well and is working very hard on getting his feet quicker to guard better off the block."

Tuttle's offer list may soon be on the rise as he has been talking to schools like Creighton, William & Mary, Indiana State, Illinois State, Northern Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado State.

Colorado State Assistant Coach Niko Medved came to visit Tuttle in Sheffield last month and Tuttle said a scholarship offer may be coming soon from Fort Collins.

"Coach Medved said he wanted to show my tape to his head coach, but he thought if I could hold off for a little while there would be good things coming my way from Colorado State," Tuttle said. "Coach Medved is a nice guy and he knows how to coach a basketball team. Other than that, I don't know much about the school. He told me it is a nice place."

Tuttle said he also believes Creighton may soon offer, which would counter the offer from fellow Missouri Valley Conference school, Northern Iowa. The local Panthers may be the leader for Tuttle's services presently.

"If I had to chose a college to go to tomorrow, it would be Northern Iowa," Tuttle said. "Ben Jacobson does an extremely nice job there in the way he recruits the Iowa guys and turns them into great players. That is what made me look at the Panthers early and the school is only an hour and a half away from home, so I have friends who go there and are always telling me that is where I need to go."

Northern Iowa is far from the only school in the Hawkeye State to take an interest in Tuttle. The Sheffield shooter grew up an Iowa State fan and hopes to hear more from the Cyclones during the recruiting process. He also ended up in Iowa City last week to watch the Hawkeyes in person.

"I've not liked the Hawkeyes for a long time, but I went down there for an Elite Camp and got along with Coach Lavell (Jordan)," Tuttle said. "I had to go down there and see what it was all about. It was a nice place. They aren't hitting on all cylinders right now, but what I was impressed with are the fans. They have some rowdy fans. To be third from the bottom in the Big Ten and still have 10,000 fans there was pretty amusing."

Tuttle, who qualified for the Iowa State Track Meet's High Jump last season after clearing a height of 6-foot-2, has a cabinet at his house to keep all of his recruiting letters straight. When he is taking a visit, he has a very specific set of criteria he is looking for.

"The main thing to me is I like to talk to the payers and the coaches," Tuttle said. "That is who I am going to be around the most when I am at college. I am not going to play for a coach that doesn't care about you. I want a coach that doesn't beat their kids, but will still make you work hard. I also look at chemistry of the team and after that I trail off to see if the campus is nice or if it is rowdy."


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