Diamonds and Ice


Hawkeye football/hoops recruits playing in C.R. Monday

Fans of Iowa football and men’s basketball in Cedar Rapids will get a glimpse of the future tonight, as basketball recruit Eric May and football recruits Jordan Cotton and Drew Clark play in a Class 3A boys’ basketball substate final double-header tonight at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Dubuque Wahlert (17-6) plays Mount Vernon (16-7) in the first game at 6:30. May, a 6-foot-4 forward, averages 24.3 points per game for the Golden Eagles, who won last year’s 3A title on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer from May.  He’s a good athlete, with strength, jumping ability and some shooting range. 

Mount Pleasant (19-4) plays Marion (19-4) in the other substate final at The Cell. That’ll give fans a chance to see Cotton and Clark, albeit on the basketball floor and not the gridiron.

Cotton is a 6-foot-1 senior guard for the Panthers who averages 14.4 points per game, second on the team. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and is 24 of 79 from 3-point range. He’s also a 71-percent free-throw shooter.

Cotton, son of former Hawkeye running back Marshall Cotton, was ranked a three-star (out of five) recruit as a wide receiver. He played running back for Mount Pleasant. Clark is an offensive line recruit for the Hawkeyes from Marion who averages 3.8 points per game.

Here’s football video of Mr. Cotton and hoops video of Mr. May:

 
 

 

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Bills’ Jackson in C.R., negotiating contract

Ran into Buffalo Bills running back and former Coe College all-American Fred Jackson at tonight’s Coe-Cornell basketball double-header. Jackson was in town with his wife, Danielle, a Coe grad, and two young children to visit friends.

It’s awesome to see he’s the same old Freddy, and that being an NFL player (and one that got a chance to play quite a bit this season) has absolutely not gone to his head.

“It was exciting that I got to play a lot more (this season) than I did last year,” Jackson said. “I’m excited about that and seeing if we can keep moving forward and maybe my opportunities on the field can continue to expand.”

Jackson is a restricted free agent, of sorts, whose rights are owned right now by Buffalo. He said he and his agent have been in contact with Bills management about a possible multi-year contract.